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The Special Case of Germany

Kurt Lewin
The Public Opinion Quarterly
Vol. 7, No. 4, The Occupation of Enemy Territory (Winter, 1943), pp. 555-566
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2745627
Page Count: 12
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The Special Case of Germany
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Abstract

The following article goes well beyond the problems of military government to a consideration of German culture and the seeds of militarism. The heart of the problem, as Kurt Lewin sees it, is the relation of leader and follower in Germany. Germans, because they confuse loyalty with obedience, have never learned how to criticize their bosses. Can that be changed? How, and by whom? The author brings to the problem a rich background of research experience in the training of leaders. Because the military administrator, both as a leader himself and as a supervisor of Germans chosen to administer the affairs of other Germans, must deal with the special problem of leader-follower relationships, this article is more than an exercise in theory. Its conclusions are, at very least, a challenge.

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