Academic journal article Military Review

Children of a New Fatherland: Germany's Post-War Right-Wing Politics

Academic journal article Military Review

Children of a New Fatherland: Germany's Post-War Right-Wing Politics

Article excerpt

CHILDREN OF A NEW FATHERLAND: Germany's Post-War RightWing Politics, JR. Brinks, David Binder, trans., I.B. Tauris, NY, 2000, 200 pages, $35.00.

The collapse of communism and the reunification of Germany produced an outburst of right-wing hate crimes that persist although its shortterm justification has vanished. According to J.H. Brinks, this persistence has deep roots and raises concern about how fully modern Germany has accepted a democracy that dates only from World War II.

Germany's reunification was poorly planned, and it brought economic hard times to former East Germany. Freedom allowed exercise of the resulting acts of frustration. The eventual recovery did not erase the problems. Brinks argues that the hatred that grew up in the new climate is becoming respectable. Germany's mainstream conservatives are increasingly accepting of and are incorporating the values that underlie far-right violence into their lives.

It would be a mistake to attribute the revived neo-Nazism only to the short-term dislocations of the past 40 years of democracy. One must look beneath the veneers of democracy and communism to find the true cause found in German history. East or West, democratic or communist, German history contains much anti-- foreign, anti-Jewish, anti-democratic, anti-immigrant, anti-anything-not-- German sentiment. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.