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Harald Jähner: ‘American culture had a very pacifying effect on Germany’

The German author on struggling to forgive his parents’ generation, postwar Germany’s adoption of liberalism and his fondness for 1920s fiction

Harald Jähner’s Aftermath, which is published in paperback this April, starts where most popular histories of Europe’s bloody 20th century end, with Nazi Germany’s surrender in 1945.

  • Philip Oltermann
  • The Guardian

Rather than focusing on diplomatic treaties or political decisions, it explores the overlooked decade after the end of the second world war through the lives of ordinary people, diving into memoirs and trends in popular culture.

Jähner, 69, was previously the editor of Berliner Zeitung’s arts section and is now an…

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