The modernization of West German police: between the Nazi past and Weimar tradition

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In March 1964, a leading Hamburg police doctor summarized factors impeding a “mental renewal” of the police in West Germany. First, during the Third Reich the police saw itself “abused” and, following its traditional duty of obedience, embroiled in an innocent tragedy (even if the misdemeanors of some civil servants were undisputed). Among policemen it had been forgotten that the “moral balance sheet of the Bundeswehr, the judges, the educators, or the doctors is equally in deficit.” Second, police were “extremely sensitive to criticism. Not all police leaders understand that police affairs are not a preserve insulated from public scrutiny.”¹...
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCoping with the Nazi past : West German debates on Nazism and generational conflict. 1955 - 1975.
EditorsPhilipp Gassert
Number of pages18
PublisherBerghahn Books
Publication date15.10.2006
ISBN (Print)1-8454-5086-8, 978-1-8454-5086-1
ISBN (Electronic)9780857457066
Publication statusPublished - 15.10.2006
EventConference - Lincoln, United States
Duration: 19.04.200121.04.2001