Antinazism as Ideology and Practice. The Federal Ministry of the Interior and the Threat from the Right

Research project

In current political debates on the proper handling of right-wing extremism and populism, comparisons are often made with the years after 1918, when a nationalist, racist and militarist party – the NSDAP – took  power in Germany and tore the whole of Europe into the abyss. However, the current situation can also be compared with the years after 1945, when Allies and Germans jointly succeeded in preventing a resurgence of nationalism, racism and militarism in Western and Eastern Germany.

Tracing the careers and political practices of high government officials in the late Third Reich, during the period of Allied occupation after the war, and in the early Federal Republic of Germany as well as selected American actors, this study analyzes the constant struggle for the right anti-Nazi security policy in Germany from the 1940s to the 1960s. It also examines how the danger from the right was finally averted by a combination of repression, integration and prevention. Finally, the book examines the consequences of this policy for German democracy and the rule of law.

Dr. Dominik Rigoll

Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History
Am Neuen Markt 1
14467 Potsdam

Phone: 0331/74510-121
Fax: 0331/74510-143

Email: rigoll [at] zzf-potsdam.de 

Forschung

Antinazism as Ideology and Practice. The Federal Ministry of the Interior and the Threat from the Right

Research project

In current political debates on the proper handling of right-wing extremism and populism, comparisons are often made with the years after 1918, when a nationalist, racist and militarist party – the NSDAP – took  power in Germany and tore the whole of Europe into the abyss. However, the current situation can also be compared with the years after 1945, when Allies and Germans jointly succeeded in preventing a resurgence of nationalism, racism and militarism in Western and Eastern Germany.

Tracing the careers and political practices of high government officials in the late Third Reich, during the period of Allied occupation after the war, and in the early Federal Republic of Germany as well as selected American actors, this study analyzes the constant struggle for the right anti-Nazi security policy in Germany from the 1940s to the 1960s. It also examines how the danger from the right was finally averted by a combination of repression, integration and prevention. Finally, the book examines the consequences of this policy for German democracy and the rule of law.

Dr. Dominik Rigoll

Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History
Am Neuen Markt 1
14467 Potsdam

Phone: 0331/74510-121
Fax: 0331/74510-143

Email: rigoll [at] zzf-potsdam.de 

Forschung