Service Above Self?: Rotary Clubs, National Socialism, and Transnational Memory in the 1960s and 1970s

  title={Service Above Self?: Rotary Clubs, National Socialism, and Transnational Memory in the 1960s and 1970s},
  author={S. Jonathan Wiesen},
  journal={Holocaust and Genocide Studies},
  pages={1 - 25}
  • S. Wiesen
  • Published 1 March 2009
  • Sociology
  • Holocaust and Genocide Studies
In the 1960s and 1970s two controversies forced Rotary clubs to address the issue of complicity during the Holocaust. One emerged from a West German Rotarian’s attempts to publish an honest account of his organization’s concessions to National Socialism in the 1930s. The second ensued upon the nomination of an Austrian former Nazi to the Rotary International presidency. Both events unleashed intense discussions in the United States and elsewhere, pitting those who felt that the Holocaust must… 
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