Spring 2013 International Lecture Series – Lecture #2

Lecture Title: German Rearmament and the Legacy of its World War II Military

Speaker: Dr. Jim Joy, Professor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Senior Foreign Service Officer

Location: Santa Fe Women’s Club, 1616 Old Pecos Trail

Cost: $10 CIR Members; $12 Nonmembers & Guests – FREE admission with the purchase of a new CIR Membership!

At the end of the Second World War, Germany was defeated and occupied. The allies were determined to pursue denazification and demilitarization and ensure that Germany would not be able to wage another war. But in a few short years, the international political climate changed so drastically that the U.S., Britain and France believed that it was essential to rearm Germany, and do it quickly.  This would certainly mean drawing on Germans who had served in the Wehrmacht.


What did Germans think about the Wehrmacht and, more particularly, the relationship between the military and Hitler and the Nazis? What measures were taken to burnish the image of the military? How did images of the military influence West German politics and Germany’s actions on the international stage?

Dr. James Joy graduated from Oberlin College in 1965 with a major in political science. He then attended the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver – receiving a PhD in international relations in 1971. Jim has had a long-standing interest in Germany. In 1967-68 he was in Germany conducting research on German politics, with a particular focus on the military and the radical right. Many years later, after he had joined the Foreign Service, Jim served in Germany for eight years: in Hamburg from 1988-91 and in Berlin from 1991-96.

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