Miracles in the Shadow of the Economic Miracle: The “Supernatural '50s” in West Germany*

  title={Miracles in the Shadow of the Economic Miracle: The “Supernatural '50s” in West Germany*},
  author={Monica Black},
  journal={The Journal of Modern History},
  pages={833 - 860}
  • Monica Black
  • Published 1 December 2012
  • History
  • The Journal of Modern History
This essay explores the overlapping worlds of spiritual healing, everyday magic, popular religion, and witchcraft beliefs in West Germany in the 1950s. It takes seriously the subjective experiences of supernatural phenomena described in contemporary sources, but it is equally concerned with the friction those phenomena caused in that segment of the population that did not credit their reality. Historians have recently begun to revise long-standing portrayals of “society” in West Germany as an… 
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