The Federal Chancellery and its Attitude Towards the Nazi Past

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. However, the study will look far beyond this prominent case by investigating how historical responsibility, memory and experience shaped the Chancellery’s action, especially when it came to matters of persecution, resistance and exile during the Nazi period and to the politics of history in the context of a general orientation towards the West and a growing sensibility towards the Nazi legacy.

The project is part of the larger project on The Chancellery. German Federal Democracy and the Nazi PastThe Chancellery. German Federal Democracy and the Nazi Past’.

Christian Mentel

Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History Potsdam
Am Neuen Markt 1
14467 Potsdam, Germany

Office: Am Neuen Markt 1, room 2.29
Tel.: 0331/74510-122
Fax: 0331/28991-60
Email: mentel [at] zzf-potsdam.de

Forschung

The Federal Chancellery and its Attitude Towards the Nazi Past

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. However, the study will look far beyond this prominent case by investigating how historical responsibility, memory and experience shaped the Chancellery’s action, especially when it came to matters of persecution, resistance and exile during the Nazi period and to the politics of history in the context of a general orientation towards the West and a growing sensibility towards the Nazi legacy.

The project is part of the larger project on The Chancellery. German Federal Democracy and the Nazi PastThe Chancellery. German Federal Democracy and the Nazi Past’.

Christian Mentel

Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History Potsdam
Am Neuen Markt 1
14467 Potsdam, Germany

Office: Am Neuen Markt 1, room 2.29
Tel.: 0331/74510-122
Fax: 0331/28991-60
Email: mentel [at] zzf-potsdam.de

Forschung