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Campus Only Senior Thesis

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Bachelor of Arts



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Jonathan Petropoulos

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This study investigates Nazi continuity within the postwar West German government (FRG) and far-Right parties. Chapter 1 reviews what happened to German Nazis after the war and explores the role of Cold War tensions in limiting justice efforts. Chapter 2 considers Chancellor Adenauer’s amnesty laws in the FRG: how they appeased the far-Right at a great moral cost. Chapter 3 is a case study of former Nazi State Secretary of the Propaganda Ministry Dr. Werner Naumann, represented as the cost of Adenauer’s amnesties. Naumann infiltrated the Federal Republic’s democratic political parties in an attempt to revive National Socialism in the early years of West Germany. Chapter 4 explores the failure of the organized far-Right and the trajectory of the West German far-Right into the 1960s.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.