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Enemies To AlliesCold War Germany and American Memory$
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Brian C. Etheridge

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813166407

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813166407.001.0001

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“The Hero Is Us”

“The Hero Is Us”

Representations of Germany since the 1960s

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Enemies To Allies

Brian C. Etheridge

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter observes how the first two decades of the postwar period established patterns for understanding Germany and Germanness that endured for the rest of the twentieth century. As the Berlin Wall and the Holocaust emerged as the primary symbols of Germany during the latter half of the twentieth century, familiar ways of understanding Germany and its meaning for Americans continued to shape how Americans made sense of themselves and the world around them. In the long history of America's encounter with Germany, then, interpretations formed in the early Cold War period remained an important foundation upon which Americans based their worldview.

Keywords:   Berlin Wall, Holocaust, Schindler's List, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, détente, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter

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