Critique Ulrich Herbert s Good Times Bad Times Essay
Ulrich Herbert’s “Good Times, Bad Times” is about the contrast between the ways typical working Germans perceived the years before and during Hitler’s appointment as Chancellor, his rise to dictator, and during and after and World War II. The article cites a survey conducted by the Institut für Demoskopie (Public Opinion Institute) in 1949, as well as an oral-history project conducted at the universities of Essen and Hagen between 1930-1960. Both studies …show more content…
Of all of the articles critiqued, this was most confounding. Though Herbert seems to want to take a strong stance, he does not delve deeply enough into the psychology that may have guided the perspectives of working Germans during the periods in question. For example, could guilt or shame contribute to the selective memory that the participants in the study have regarding the 1930s? Without a more comprehensive approach to the studies cited, too many questions are left unanswered.
Though some interesting points were raised, the article ultimately falls short of making a strong statement regarding the views of a typical German during the years leading up to and immediately following the Third Reich. He does, however, achieve some success in affording the