Utopia or Auschwitz : Germany's 1968 generation and the Holocaust / Hans Kundnani
- Kundnani, Hans
- New York : Columbia University Press, 
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- Physical Description:
- xiii, 374 pages ; 23 cm.
- Crises in world politics
- Prologue: War, Again -- 1. Children of Murderers -- 2. Revolutionary Optimism -- 3. From Protest to Resistance -- 4. An Abominable Irrationalism -- 5. The Struggle Continues -- 6. Death Trip -- 7. A Lifeline -- 8. Peace -- 9. New Republic -- 10. Power -- 11. A War Against the Past -- 12. The Return of History -- 13. A German Way -- Epilogue: A New Generation.
- "The left-wing students who demonstrated in the streets of West Berlin and Frankfurt in 1968 differed from their international counterparts in one crucial way. These young Germans, who would become known as the 1968 generation, or the Achtundsechziger, were raised knowing their parents were responsible for Nazism and the Holocaust. Consequently, this generation dreamed of making a better world, but they also felt compelled to save Germany from itself. For them, it was an all-or-nothing choice: Utopia or Auschwitz." "Although these demonstrators imagined their struggle against capitalism to be an ex post facto resistance against Nazism, they also exhibited a tendency to relativize the Holocaust. Some in fact wanted to highlight their country's Nazi past, and despite the anti-fascist rhetoric of the Achtundsechziger, nationalist and anti-Semitic currents emerged from the student movement and took root in the rhetoric of the West German New Left." "It can be argued, therefore, that the 1968 generation had a deeply ambivalent relationship with their Nazi past. Utopia or Auschwitz explores these contradictions as it traces the political journey of Germany's 1968 generation through the left wing terrorism of the 1970s and the Social Democrats and Greens of the 1980s to the first ever "red green" government in Germany in the 1990s. Hans Kundnani examines the foreign policy of this new coalition government, especially its responses to the Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq crises, which reflect the 1968 generation's ambivalent relationship with its Nazi heritage."--BOOK JACKET.
- Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands—History
- Grünen (Political party)—History
- Political culture—Germany (West)—History
- Political culture—Germany—History—20th century
- Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)—Germany—Influence
- Germany—Politics and government—1990-
- Germany—Politics and government—1945-1990
- Germany (West)—Politics and government
- Germany—Foreign relations—1990-
- 9780231701372 (alk. paper)
0231701373 (alk. paper)
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