My IS examines the image divided Germany formed of the American and of the United States in the postwar era, 1945-1968. I argue that the formation of a new German identity was crucial in shaping perceptions of Americans and of America, and that political ideology and pop culture in postwar Germany significantly influenced these perceptions. I use race as binding element throughout this study to show how the legacy of Nazism influenced perceptions and identity in postwar divided Germany. I also looked at race as an issue in postwar German society. For primary sources, I examined West German heimatfilms, the film Toxi (1952), DEFA Red Westerns, and West German westerns. For print sources, I looked at how the civil rights marches in Selma, Alabama were reported on in Neues Deutschland, an East German daily newspaper, and Die Zeit, a West German weekly.


Flaschka, Monika

Second Advisor

Herrmann, Mareike


German Studies; International Relations


European History | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies


divided germany, united states, postwar, race, nazism, identity, perceptions, image

Publication Date


Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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