Mountaineer Undergraduate Research Review

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With the end of the Second World War in 1945, Germany was forced to examine and come to terms with its National Socialist era. It was a particularly difficult task. Many Germans, even those who had suspected the National Socialist crimes, were shocked by the true barbarity of the Nazi regime. Günter Grass, who spent 1945 in an American POW camp listening to the Nuremberg Trials, was one of those Germans. How could the Holocaust have arisen from the land of poets and philosophers?