Studieren in Ruinen
Die Studenten der Universität Bonn in der Nachkriegszeit (1945–1955)
1. Edition 2010
Bonn University Press at V&R unipress
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In October 1945 - only one year after being destroyed in an air raid - the University of Bonn was re-opend. There was no everyday life at all: the university buildings were only poorly restored, the greater part of the academic staff incriminated because of their former Nazi-affiliations. The students were starving and they were suffering from a lack of housing and coal. Despite of all these needs, the students had a mood of idealism and the courage to start a new university life.
For the first time, they now could enjoy an uncensored academic life with re-established international connections. They had the possibility to organise themselves in a free and self-determined way and could express their wishes and aimes freely. The students of Bonn University are representatives of a whole generation of students which became the political and social elite of the Federal Republic of Germany since the sixties.
Around 1950, everyday life began to normalise. What had been regarded as extraordinary in the first post-war years, became routine now. At the same time the first post-war students were replaced by a new generation with altered attitudes towards political and social issues.