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Obsolescence, Renewal, And Transcendence: The Landpolizei And Suburbanization

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Although the Landpolizei had taken on some responsibility for technical economic offenses during the occupation, including currency speculation, fraud, and hoarding in the struggle against the organized black market, economic crime in the later 1950s had new manifestations. Fritz Stauß argued that one of the most important factors contributing to the recent rise in crime rates was the sharp increase in the number of brief, random encounters between individuals of all ages in an environment full of new sources of negative moral influence. Stauß painted an aural picture of the effects of the suburban economic miracle on people’s nerves industrial plants that operated around the clock, blaring radios and record players, lawn mowers and other home power equipment used even at night, high-revving motorcycles, nearby roads full of heavy trucks, and housing developments built directly under aircraft landing patterns.

Keywords: economic offenses; Fritz Stauß; Landpolizei; suburban economic



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