GIs and Germans : culture, gender and foreign relations, 1945-1949 /
Petra Goedde.
New Haven, Conn. ; London : Yale University Press, 2003.
xxiii, 280 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
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New Haven, Conn. ; London : Yale University Press, 2003.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [245]-271) and index.
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Petra Goedde is a lecturer at Princeton University.
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Appeared in Choice on 2003-07-01:
Goedde (Princeton Univ.) explains how Germany was transformed from enemy to victim and, finally, to ally, first in the eyes of US soldiers and then for political leaders. Most important was the feminization of Germany, accompanied by infantilization. From the beginning, US soldiers befriended German children and then established relations with German women, becoming providers and protectors. As such, "GIs filled a void in German society left by the war-related shortage of German men." Significantly, women were not held responsible for the crimes of the male-dominated Nazi state. Nor were the youth, and Americans felt obliged to teach innocent German children about democracy, especially through the German Youth Activities program. Americans assumed that Germans were "infantile citizens" needing "to be taught how to use the power of citizenship morally, responsibly, and democratically." Germany then became an ally as a consequence of such grassroots developments and the Cold War. Differing policies regarding Germany produced a hardening of positions on all sides. The Soviets tried to isolate West Berlin, and the resulting Berlin Airlift symbolized the US commitment to save Berlin and solidified the position of Germany as an ally in the containment of the Soviet Union. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. All academic collections. D. A. Browder Austin Peay State University
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After World War II thousands of American GIs developed intimate relations with their former enemies while deployed as occupation forces in Germany. This study argues that those informal interactions played a significant role in the transformation of Germany from enemy to ally of the USA.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xiii
"Know Your Enemy?": American and German Wartime Imagesp. 1
Crossing the Border: The Breakdown of the Fraternization Banp. 42
Villains to Victims: The Cultural Feminization of Germanyp. 80
Selling Democracy: GIs and German Youthp. 127
Forging a Consensus: Americans, Germans, and the Berlin Airliftp. 166
Conclusionp. 199
Notesp. 211
Bibliographyp. 245
Indexp. 272
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