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Department
German
Course
GER 100
Professor
Paul Malone
Semester
Fall

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10 October 2012 Postwar Press in West Germany Popular culture was a key component of democratization:  Use of mass media o Press o Radio o Television  Many people risked their lives for high culture (e.g. operas, plays, concerts) Konrad Adenauer  Was the one to help rehabilitate Germany as an ally to others, instead of a potential threat o Often referred to as “The Father of New Germany” or “Old Man”  However, domestically he was a mixed blessing o Mistrust of Americanization/“massification” o Mistrust of mass media  He noticed that mass media, used by the Nazis, can sway people’s opinions o Hatred of communism o Rigidly Authoritarian style  Has never lived under a successful democracy  He was adominent about not having any weapons, but the Americans wanted them to be armed since they found it more efficient to have Germany armed against the Soviets instead of Americans Hans Globke (1898-1976)  One of Adenauer’s advisors in international matters  1938 – he was in a high position in the Nazi army; he was in charge of the emigration of Jews  He explained the instructions on how to used the Nuremberg Laws – define who a Jew was Press Leaders  Many people had to join the “Nazi Press” as a means to get work  Post-war these people were blacklisted from hiring and had to go through a process to which publishers had sort between who were genuine Nazi supporters and those who had no other options.  Axel Springer (1912-1985) o Die Bild-Zeitung (1952) o Die Welt (1953)  Rudolf Augstein (1923-2002) o Der Spiegel (1947) modeled after American Times and Life magazines Constitution of Axel Springer AG • To uphold liberty and law in Germany, a country belonging to the Western family of nations, and to further the unification of Europe. • To promote reconciliation of Jews and Germans and support the vital rights of the State of Israel. 10 October 2012 • To support the Transatlantic Alliance, and solidarity with the United States of America in the common values of free nations. • To reject all forms of political extremism. • To uphold the principles of a free social market economy. “Bild’ dir eine Meinung” “For German politicians, it's a necessary evil. For German journalis
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