POSTWAR GERMANS by David Rodnick


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From central and northeastern Hesse, and five months of intensive anthropological field work, come these ""Observations on German-Protestant Culture"", while working for the Information Control Division of OMG, gathering data directed to making policy decisions. The author indicates that this is only a preliminary report for a more detailed study, and underlines the fact that the report covers a representative cross section of the district in which they worked, some 1500 people interviewed and observed as they reflected what it feels like to be a German today. It is the social mold, the patterns of class system, family, child, marriage, life- with roots in the past, that is closely appraised. It is a picture of the need for personal, social and economic security that is stressed. The competitive aspects of the rigid class system, the submissive atmosphere of childhood, the rebellion of adolescence, the ferment, visible in women's present position, the place and opinions of the workers and peasants, the upper classes, the actual conditions of the villages, and the patterns of the right and left political picture- these lead to a depressing overall character portrait. Of especial interest to social scientists, serious students of current post-war interpretations.

Publisher: Yale