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By Andreas Agocs

Antifascism is mostly defined as both a political ideology of activists and intellectuals confronting the dictatorships of Hitler and Mussolini, or as a cynical software that justified the Stalinist enlargement of communism in Europe. Andreas Agocs widens our figuring out of antifascism through putting it within the context of twentieth-century activities of 'cultural renewal'. He explores the concept that of 'antifascist humanism', the test by way of communist and liberal intellectuals and artists to heal the divisions of Nazism by way of reviving the 'other Germany' of classical Weimar. This venture took highbrow form in German exile groups in Europe and Latin the United States in the course of global struggle II and located its institutional embodiment within the Cultural League for Democratic Renewal in Soviet-occupied Berlin in 1945. in the course of the rising chilly struggle, antifascist humanism's uneasy mixture of twentieth-century mass politics and cultural nationalism grew to become the point of interest of recent divisions in occupied Germany and the early German Democratic Republic. This learn strains German traditions of cultural renewal from their beginnings in antifascist activism to their failure within the rising chilly War.

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