The Events Between 1939-1945 Became A Prominent Features Of The British World War

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As Europe dealt with the weight of memory left behind by the Second World War, it was apparent that the events between 1939-1945 became a prominent feature of the British psyche. Since 1945 Anglo-German relations have for the most part been civil on a political platform, yet on a broader scale perceptions of Germany have been dominated by images of the Second World War and Germany’s Nazi past. Television, alongside with other forms of popular culture offer an insight into this British obsession. Through the medium of television, Germans are represented by clichés, such as a lack of humour and German efficiency, or the resolute militaristic façade of a country planning to take over the world. Kronig (1999) appropriately refers to this as ‘the British postwar folklore’ that provides material for films, jokes, newspapers, adverts and TV comedies. It is through this prism of Hitler and Nazism that many will conceive and shape negative attitudes towards Germany. Walter Gorlitz, a former editor of Die Welt commented in 1961: ‘Of course, anyone is free to view the Germans as a dangerous race. However, he who does so is poorly equipped to write history.’ (Quoted in Rosenfield 1994: 115). There has been a focus by historians on ‘Germanophobic’ popular culture, however this research paper will investigate an array of sources that are not anti-German. Certain television clips attempt to demonstrate that there is much more to Britain and Germany than Hitler, the Nazis and the two World

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