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Jonathan Petropoulos

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This paper aims to explain the rise of right-wing extremism in Germany as it relates to the failures of denazification. Although extreme right-wing parties, specifically the Alternative für Deutschland, contend that rising immigration rates and Germany’s involvement in the European Union have emboldened their cause, the past failures of denazification further explain the rise of extreme right-wing parties today. This paper utilizes a historical approach as I identify how each of the Allies fail in the denazification process, how former National Socialists reintegrated into society, how nationalism existedin the margins of society during the Cold War era, and how those instances explain the rise of extreme right-wing groups.

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