“Propaganda-Free Day-To-Day” And Political Apathy
Post-war Germans were sick and tired of ideology after the constant flood of Nazi propaganda. The curiously flowery rhetoric of the Third Reich (LTI) was replaced by a ‘neue Sachlichkeit’, as exemplified here by Friedrich Hund. But too easily did this stark style slip into euphemistic downplaying of past insufficiencies. Political aloofness by scholars was a heritage of the Weimar period. But under denazification, political apathy came to signify absolution from complicity during the intervening political period.
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