The central themes of The Whitewashing of the Yellow Badge are the attitudes, behavior and actions of gentile towards Jew in postwar Germany. The analysis focuses on antisemitism and developing philosemitism in all aspects of life in the Federal Republic - a focus neglected in earlier works and critically important to the understanding of Germany after 1945. Topics include: occupiers and Germans - the Jews caught in between; American military government and German antisemitism; antisemitic and philosemitic stereotypes among blue-collar and white-collar workers; and, the political role of antisemitism and philosemitism in the formative period of the Federal Republic. This detailed and informative text is essential reading for anyone interested in Jewish and/or German history in the twentieth century.
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German
Arnold Paucker, Director of the Leo Baeck Institute
In recent years we have been living with a deeply disturbing historical revisionism which often borders on the provocative. The denial, by a minority of historians, of the uniqueness of the Nazi crimes against humanity and the uniqueness of the Holocaust in Jewish history has given respectability to popular prejudices which have recently surfaced in Germany and elsewhere. Any reader of this book by Frank Stern, which deals with the period immediately following the defeat of the Third Reich (described by many Germans even today as 'the catastrophe') cannot fail to perceive the connection between the attitude of a substantial section of the defeated German population in 1945 and the current outbreaks of xenophobia, witnessed with such conternation by Germans democrats. Latent prejudices and half-suppressed attitudes still persist, only needing to be re-activated for a new generation seeking an outlet...this book is strongly recommended reading for those who question these reflections provoked by Frank Stern's sombre survey of the years which followed the collapse of the Third Reich....
German Historical Institute London Bulletin Vol 15, No1
Frank Stern...makes a thoroughly convincing case that many of the difficulties in modern relations between Israelis/Jews and Germans stem from the failure of Germany in the immediate post-war period to eradicate properly the Nazi and antiSemitic values of the 12 years to 1945.
The Times Higher Education Supplement
Aubrey Newman, University of Leicester
This volume is indeed timely. It gives ample evidence for all assertions it makes, and gives an important re-assessment of the extent to which Allied policies at the end of the war were, or indeed could have been, successful in their aims of re-education and democratisation.
Jack Zipes, University of Minnesota
As a historian, Stern is meticulous in his research and has uncovered a wealth of documents and material...crucial reading if we want to grasp what is unique about German history, without succumbing to myths and legends that engender a false sense of nationalism.
The German Quarterly
John S. Conway, University of British Columbia
No one can have any illusions about the difficulties involved in re-establishing German-Jewish relations in the initial years after the Holocaust... Frank Stern...whose writings have already appeared in a wide variety of journals, has conveniently made his analysis of these issues available in a competent English translation.
German History 11/2
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