By Hans Mommsen
German resistance to Hitler is a principal section of the background of Nazism. during this textual content, modern historian Hans Mommsen finds the variety of the political goals held by way of those "other Germans". He analyses the ideologies of the assassination plot of twentieth July 1944, in addition to these of the Kreisau Circle and the conservative, socialist, church and army oppositions. those resistance teams all endeavoured to discover a workable replacement to Hitler and to accomplish an ethical renewal of politics and society - even supposing lots of them rejected democracy and had a occasionally ambivalent angle in the direction of the persecution of the Jews.
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However, hopes of reaching an accommodation with the Nazi regime were dashed by the intransigence of the DAF (German Labour Front). Unlike most of the conservative conspirators, their disillusionment came early, but in general they did not join the underground socialist resistance groups. With the exception of Leuschner, the resistance lacked personalities who could be considered typical representatives of the Weimar Republic. The socialist resisters were those who, in the closing stages of the republic, had taken a clear stand against the leadership of their party and had sharply criticized the Weimar party system as a whole.
Given its thoroughly respectable success at home and abroad, the search for historical affirmation seems superfluous. This is in marked contrast to the (former) German Democratic Republic, which saw its identification with the ‘anti-fascist struggle’ as an indispensable feature of its ‘national’ self-image. Does this mean that politicians have ceased to appropriate the anti-Hitler resistance for their own ends, and that it has retreated into the ‘neutrality’ of past history? Has it become the subject of a 24 ALTERNATIVES TO HITLER natural consensus, from which a self-regenerating image of the nation’s history emerges?
This had its impact on the planning of their social policy. After the Nazi government’s ruthless persecution of opponents on the political left, which its conservative coalition partners supported, it was to be expected that resistance would crystallize in centres which can best be described as ‘residues’. It was precisely because of the persistence of strong traditional links with the epoch of Bismarck and the Kaisers that these centres stood apart from the Nazi policy of Gleichschaltung or were largely spared from its effects.