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Ausländer im heutigen Deutschland

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M.A. (Master of Arts)

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Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures


Foreign workers--Germany--History--20th century; Minorities--Germany--History--20th century; Germany--History--1945-1990


Due to heavy losses during World War II, Germany, or more specifically West Germany, was faced with a shortage in the work force. This gap was filled by hiring foreign workers. It was assumed that these so-called “guest workers" would work and live in Germany for a limited amount of time. Therefore, they acquired the name “guest" worker. At first only men without families were recruited. These “guests," however, did not return home after a year as was originally planned. This, in turn, had repercussions on their situation. In my thesis, I am describing these effects, that is, the situation of the foreigners in West Germany and then later in the reunified Germany. In Chapter I, I am giving a historical perspective and am describing how the first foreigners who were recruited in the early '60s found Germany, the prejudices they encountered, as well as how they lived and worked. Chapter II deals with the foreigners who sent for their families and stayed in Germany. Right-wing radicals, who were not happy about this decision, were committing criminal offenses against the foreigners with the intention of forcing them out of Germany. I reported about these groups, who are in the minority, as well as their violent actions, in Chapter III. With the reunification, these groups became more popular, especially among the young people from former East Germany. The situation of the foreigners after the reunification will therefore be examined in Chapter IV. Thus, Chapters I through IV form the basis for a teaching unit for third-year German (in high school or at the university), which is presented in Chapter V.


Includes bibliographical references (pages [59]-63)


vi, 112 pages




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