Problems of Denazification

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  • PROBLEMS OF DENAZIFICATION
    • Germans who had lived through the Third Reich, were defensive over their participation in the Nazi state.
    • Many tried to disassociate themselves from the Nazi regime, and resented the 'prying' investigations into their past.
    • There were difficulties to find PROOF, of identifying the GUILTY and determine their punishments
      • This is because many had thrown their Nazi membership cards away.
    • The original plan of disallowing important jobs to former Nazis, was ignored
      • This was due to the need of EXPERTS, such as engineers and administrators to REBUILD German Society.
    • Continuing historical debate
      • Historian Daniel Goldhagen argued that anti-Semitism was deeply rooted in German mentality
        • This responded to Christopher Browning's Ordinary Men book.
          • Browning concluded that many of the perpetrators of the Holocaust were acting out of obedience to authority, rather than german characteristic
          • Continuing historical debate
            • Historian Daniel Goldhagen argued that anti-Semitism was deeply rooted in German mentality
              • This responded to Christopher Browning's Ordinary Men book.
                • Browning concluded that many of the perpetrators of the Holocaust were acting out of obedience to authority, rather than german characteristic

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