Dealing with the German “Successor Generation”
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, both Americans and Germans concerned with U.S.-German relations began to recognize a problem posed by the gradual passing from positions of power and influence of a generation of Germans and Americans, many of whom had formed a network of human relationships linking the two nations since World War II. The network included many German emigres of the 1930s, half a million German prisoners of war who had spent years in the United States, tens of thousands of American and German officials who cooperated in the rebuilding of Germany, and the numerous participants in the large educational exchange programs of the early postwar years.
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- Some of the material in this chapter first appeared in Hans N. Tuch, “The Problem and the Solution,” Atlantic Community Quarterly, Vol. 23, No. 4 (Winter 1985–86), 367–73.Google Scholar