Jeder kann alles werden I
Jeder kann alles werden I looks back at the zenith of the „age of redistribution“ (Pierre Rosanvallon) in the 1950s and 60s. The idea of a society with wealth for all was one of the grand narratives of the German Federal Republic after 1945. The development of such a society would have been unimaginable without the support of the USA’s Marshall Plan. American efforts to establish an anticommunist bulwark by combining the reconstruction of war ravaged Western Europe with its economic and political unification were accompanied by an extensive information and propaganda campaign in which film played a significant role. The Germans were special targets for enlightenment concerning modern means of production and liberal economy and at the same time ‘educated’ into a democratic culture of free discussion and self-initiative. Eva Kroll’s Er pfeift darauf from 1952 is an example. Die Heinzelmännchen (1962), the progress sceptical cartoon from the Federation of German Trade Unions proposes using the social achievement of freedom to more important ends than consumption and entertainment. Hugo Hermann’s Träumt für morgen (1956) has East Berlin children tell stories of solidarity and equal opportunity in socialism. Ula Stöckl‘s Sonnabend, 17 Uhr from 1966 shows West Germany hardened into a state of authoritarianism and gender inequality. Already at its birth the revolution had not held out equality to everyone, for example by excluding suffrage to slaves, the illiterate and women.