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64 The analytical challenge therefore consists of determining the precise extent of the metamorphosis and of deciding what factors spurred this change for the better. Did the Germans really learn from their catastrophe and reject the negative patterns that led them and their neighbors to disaster? 65 The remaining deficits, above all an underlying xenophobia, caution against reading postwar accomplishments as an inevitable success story. Its exemplary interest lies precisely in the dramatic struggles that it took to reach and maintain a tolerant civil society.

35 Out of the ensuing debate emerged a modified version of the Sonderweg concept, which now emphasized, in Heinrich August Winkler’s formulation, “the long road to the West,” stressing the Westernization of the Federal Republic. 36 This interpretation correctly points to Germany’s geographic shift westward, its political and economic bonding to the West, as well as the Americanization of its consumption and popular culture. 37 As an alternative to the Sonderweg thesis, the German-Israeli historian Dan Diner coined the concept of a “rupture of civilization at Auschwitz” during the “historians’ controversy” of the 1980s.

Interpretations of Nazi Barbarism Contemporaries and later observers have had great difficulty in explaining the causes of the relapse into Nazi barbarism. American war-time interpretations employed the model of a German deviation from Western civilization, which they considered to be a self-evident standard. S. universities after the First World War as an answer to the question, posed by returning soldiers, why farm boys from Iowa needed to die in the trenches of Chateau Thierry. In short, this notion suggested a shared evolution of human rights and democracy among the Western powers, though not the Russian allies, who did not fit the progress of liberty.

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