The United States And Its Impact On The Students And Young People Of West Germany

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The United States had a tremendous impact on the students and young people of West Germany. After WWII, West Germany was under great pressure to succeed democratically, re-build, and communicate effectively with the East. All of these proved difficult in a time of opposing viewpoints and as another war raged on in Vietnam. While Germany had many problems of their own, the United States indirectly helped to exacerbate them. Following WWII, ideas of Western politics and economics were suggested as a cure all to Germany’s problems of the past. Disgust towards the war in Vietnam, growing fears of capitalism and imperialism, and the fundamental basis of American democracy helped fuel student protests and terror across Germany. After the end of WWII, a dependable friendship developed between the United States and West Germany. America wished to help rebuild the nation, introduce democratic policies, and promote denazification. On the other hand, the USSR refused to cooperate, thus dividing the nation into and East and West German factions. In the West, the introduction of the United State’s Marshall plan allowed the East to experience economic prosperity and for their citizens to recover from a time of turmoil and death. The United States transformed a post-Hitler wasteland into a place of healing and profitability. The government owed their gratitude to the United States, for without their aid, West Germany may have never rose from the ashes. In return, West Germany became a crucial ally for the US in the Cold War versus the USSR. Prior to the 1960’s relations with the United States were stable and appreciative on most accounts because without them West Germany would have been left in shambles. When the 1960’s hit, t... ... middle of paper ... ...ts were common and hatred for the war in Vietnam was based on lives lost not growing fears of American imperialism. The German students failed to see that they existed as puppets of the democratic system with a distorted perception of American democracy and capitalism. They were voicing their opinions, but destroying lives to do it. Their own government had given them the means to live well and in return young terrorists gave them death and fear. They had used their connections, voices, and money to revolt and failed to realize without the prosperity of their government they never would been able to do so. Student movements during the 1960’s appeared all across the world. In the United States, war opposition and civil rights created a culture of hippies and the longing for peace. In Germany, war and government opposition created an environment of panic and rebellion.

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