The Federal Chancellery and its Attitude Towards the Nazi Past

The focus of the subproject is on the political practice of the Chancellery (BKAmt) and thus on the way in which it referred to National Socialism in times of the Cold War and strong political-ideological counter-positions. For this purpose, exemplary topics and policy areas are envisaged, ranging from the establishment of the office under Konrad Adenauer in 1949 to the end of the social-liberal coalition under Helmut Schmidt in 1982. They include, for example, the interaction with Nazi persecutees associations, the perception of increasing right-wing extremism or the relationship to contemporary history research. This is to clarify the importance of historical and past policy for the work of the BKAmt, as they were assessed by the staff of the BKAmt and what significance they attach to strengthening or weakening democracy and Western ties on the one hand and to the distancing of the National Socialism on the other hand.

The research project is part of the project ‘The 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 the subproject is on the political practice of the Chancellery (BKAmt) and thus on the way in which it referred to National Socialism in times of the Cold War and strong political-ideological counter-positions. For this purpose, exemplary topics and policy areas are envisaged, ranging from the establishment of the office under Konrad Adenauer in 1949 to the end of the social-liberal coalition under Helmut Schmidt in 1982. They include, for example, the interaction with Nazi persecutees associations, the perception of increasing right-wing extremism or the relationship to contemporary history research. This is to clarify the importance of historical and past policy for the work of the BKAmt, as they were assessed by the staff of the BKAmt and what significance they attach to strengthening or weakening democracy and Western ties on the one hand and to the distancing of the National Socialism on the other hand.

The research project is part of the project ‘The 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