Edited By Wolfgang Mack, Helmut E. Lück, Karl-Heinz Renner and Uwe Wolfradt
„…dass dieses Deutschland sich offenbart“ – Geschichtspolitik und Sozialpsychologie bei P. R. Hofstätter in den Jahren 1949–1963
Konzeptionalisierungen von Judentum
Abstract. The social psychologist and the historical-political publicist Hofstätter belong together. Hofstätter’s popular monographs were lending the “communicative silencing” of the NS-crimes in the federal republic of Germany during the 1950 years a social psychological garment. The interplay between scientific and historical-political concerns was also marking the controversy with Adorno in 1957. A scandal occurred in a period of newly negotiating German historical politics in 1963. In publicly labeling the Holocaust as war events, Hofstätter was entering a taboo zone. This taboo was not only related to the open denial of central ways (justice, education) of the refurbishment of NS crimes but also to the endangering of the myth of the clean Wehrmacht. The history of psychology is requested not to cover up possible irritations arising from Hofstätter’s work as a social psychologist with a historical-political agenda. This irritation has productive potential because it poses the question of the responsibility of psychologists regarding the formation of the political culture of their time. Connected with the history of the “Hofstätter case” is also the commitment of the Jewish remigrant Arie Goral. He deplored the public “absenteeism” of academic psychology in a conflict which was essential for rectifying the dignity of the victims.
Am 11.9.63 schrieb Karl Jaspers an den Leiter der Pressestelle des Hamburger Senats, Erich Lüth: „Die Sache scheint mir immer wichtiger zu werden. Ich verfolge sie mit größtem Interesse. Es (sic) wird vielleicht zum Anlass werden,...
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