Tätervolk

The word Tätervolk is used to refer to the collective guilt of a whole population.

It has been used in the context of the German people’s responsibility for the events of the Second World War, ie. that the nation as a whole was guilty of the crimes committed.  This idea was, however, dismissed at the Nuremberg Trials in 1946.

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About Graham

Graham Tappenden is a British ex-pat who first came to Germany as a placement student in 1993, returning in 1995 to live there permanently. He has been writing for AllThingsGerman.net since 2006. When not writing blog posts or freelancing for the Oberurseler Woche and other publications he works as a self-employed IT consultant solving computer problems and designing websites. In 2016 he gained German citizenship.

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