Oct. 6, 1998
UCSB Hist 133C
GERMAN HISTORY SINCE 1945
Lecture 3: Did Germany follow a "special path"?
- Administrative / Announcements / Preliminary
- enrollment: add codes after class
- roll call
- problems (book availability)? / Your questions?
- reading: Böll; for today Fulbrook 1-14. Other readings
for Thursday & Tuesday.
- (Special) Paths in German History
- Cultural: better than average, then "driving
accident" (Betriebsunfall) [Fritz Fischer]
- Undemocratic/political: Luther-Fredrick
the Great-Bismarck-Hitler [Vansittart, Shirer]
- liberal and Marxist: exceptional modernization
(variants 1848 and 1890s)
- primacy of domestic politics
- roles of elites, roles of lower and middle classes
- 1945 US Army Signal Corps Film: "Here is Germany"
- Notes on Böll
- Author worried about late 1950s Germany:
renazification, rearmament, anticomm., materialism
- Novel: "interior monologs," obsessive
- Heinrich Fähmel, b. 1878, built abbey
1907, married Johanna Kilb, daughter Johanna (1908-1910), son
Heinrich (1910-1917), Robert (b. 1915)
- Johanna Kilb-Fähmel (b. 1888), brothers
died at Verdun 1916, insane asylum 1942/3
- Robert Fähmel: marries Edith Schrella
(b. 1919-1943), children Joseph (b. 1936), Ruth (b. 1939)
- Who are the "lambs" and what
happens to them? Who are the "beasts" (buffalo) and