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Reluctant AccompliceA Wehrmacht Soldier's Letters from the Eastern Front$
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Konrad H. Jarausch

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691140421

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691140421.001.0001

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In Search of a Father

In Search of a Father

Dealing with the Legacy of Nazi Complicity

(p.1) In Search of a Father
Reluctant Accomplice
Konrad H. Jarausch

Klaus J. Arnold

Eve M. Duffy

Princeton University Press

In this introductory chapter, the author narrates how he searched for his missing father, Konrad Jarausch, who had died in the USSR in January 1942. After providing a background on Jarausch's nationalism and involvement in Protestant pedagogy, the chapter discusses his experiences during World War II. It then explains how Jarausch grew increasingly critical of the Nazis after witnessing the mass deaths of Russian prisoners of war. It also considers how the author, and his family, tried to keep the memory of his father alive. The author concludes by reflecting on his father's troubled legacy and how his search for his father poses the general question of complicity with Nazism and the Third Reich on a more personal level, asking why a decent and educated Protestant would follow Adolf Hitler and support the war until he himself, his family, and the country were swallowed up by it.

Keywords:   prisoner of war, Konrad Jarausch, USSR, nationalism, Protestant pedagogy, World War II, Nazism, complicity, Third Reich, Adolf Hitler

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