The Chancellery. German Federal Democracy and the Nazi Past

Coordination: Martin Sabrow/ZZF, Annette Vowinckel/ZZF, Thomas Schaarschmidt/ZZF and IfZ Munich Berlin
Duration: December 2017 - November 2020
Funded by the Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien (BKM).

The project started in September 2017 and is funded by the Federal Commissioner for Culture and Media (Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien, BKM). It is hosted by the Centre for Contemporary History, Potsdam (ZZF) and the Institute of Contemporary History Munich – Berlin (IfZ). The group includes four researchers, two of whom are located in Potsdam and two in Munich.

Projects located in Potsdam:

The Federal Office of Information between the Nazi Legacy and Democratic Self-Marketing (Jutta Braun)
(The project was processed by Eszter Kissl from December 2017 to December 31, 2019)

The Federal Chancellery and its Attitude Towards the Nazi Past (Jutta Braun)
(The project was processed by Christian Mentel from December 2017 to January 14, 2020)

Projects located in Munich:

Personalpolitik und NS-Bezüge des Bundeskanzleramts (Gunnar Take)

Das Bundeskanzleramt und die Demokratie. Erfahrungsreservoirs, Grundvorstellungen und Politikstile führender Akteure (Nadine Freund)

Forschung

Projekte

"Pressechef werden ist nicht schwer Pressechef sein dagegen sehr." Source: Stern issue published on 9.12.1951.

The Federal Office of Information between the Nazi Legacy and Democratic Self-Marketing

Jutta Braun

Research project

The Federal Office of Information (Bundespresseamt, BPA) was founded in October 1949 as part of the Federal Chancellery and became a supreme Federal authority in 1958. Its task is to provide information to the government and to communicate the government’s actions and policies to the population. Thus, the Office of Information operates in the field of propaganda, which was doubtlessly for a time tainted by the National Socialists.

The State Secretary in the Federal Chancellery Hans Globke (left) and Chancellor Konrad Adenauer in a photo montage from 1963. It was created on the occasion of the verdict of life imprisonment by the Supreme Court of the GDR against Globke mainly because of his role as a commentator of the "Nuremberg race laws" of 1935. Photo: Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-B0723-0054-001, CC-BY-SA 3.0

The Federal Chancellery and its Attitude Towards the Nazi Past

Jutta Braun

Research project

The focus of this project is on the practices of the Chancellery (BKAmt), starting with Adenauer and ending with the Schmidt administration. It pays special attention to the Nazi legacy, for example in the context of the work of Hans Globke, a German layer who had commented on the Nuremberg Laws in 1935 and who operated as chief of staff in the Chancellery from 1953 to 1963.

The Chancellery. German Federal Democracy and the Nazi Past

Coordination: Martin Sabrow/ZZF, Annette Vowinckel/ZZF, Thomas Schaarschmidt/ZZF and IfZ Munich Berlin
Duration: December 2017 - November 2020
Funded by the Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien (BKM).

The project started in September 2017 and is funded by the Federal Commissioner for Culture and Media (Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien, BKM). It is hosted by the Centre for Contemporary History, Potsdam (ZZF) and the Institute of Contemporary History Munich – Berlin (IfZ). The group includes four researchers, two of whom are located in Potsdam and two in Munich.

Projects located in Potsdam:

The Federal Office of Information between the Nazi Legacy and Democratic Self-Marketing (Jutta Braun)
(The project was processed by Eszter Kissl from December 2017 to December 31, 2019)

The Federal Chancellery and its Attitude Towards the Nazi Past (Jutta Braun)
(The project was processed by Christian Mentel from December 2017 to January 14, 2020)

Projects located in Munich:

Personalpolitik und NS-Bezüge des Bundeskanzleramts (Gunnar Take)

Das Bundeskanzleramt und die Demokratie. Erfahrungsreservoirs, Grundvorstellungen und Politikstile führender Akteure (Nadine Freund)

Forschung

Projekte

"Pressechef werden ist nicht schwer Pressechef sein dagegen sehr." Source: Stern issue published on 9.12.1951.

The Federal Office of Information between the Nazi Legacy and Democratic Self-Marketing

Jutta Braun

Research project

The Federal Office of Information (Bundespresseamt, BPA) was founded in October 1949 as part of the Federal Chancellery and became a supreme Federal authority in 1958. Its task is to provide information to the government and to communicate the government’s actions and policies to the population. Thus, the Office of Information operates in the field of propaganda, which was doubtlessly for a time tainted by the National Socialists.

The State Secretary in the Federal Chancellery Hans Globke (left) and Chancellor Konrad Adenauer in a photo montage from 1963. It was created on the occasion of the verdict of life imprisonment by the Supreme Court of the GDR against Globke mainly because of his role as a commentator of the "Nuremberg race laws" of 1935. Photo: Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-B0723-0054-001, CC-BY-SA 3.0

The Federal Chancellery and its Attitude Towards the Nazi Past

Jutta Braun

Research project

The focus of this project is on the practices of the Chancellery (BKAmt), starting with Adenauer and ending with the Schmidt administration. It pays special attention to the Nazi legacy, for example in the context of the work of Hans Globke, a German layer who had commented on the Nuremberg Laws in 1935 and who operated as chief of staff in the Chancellery from 1953 to 1963.