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Singer Ella Fitzgerald (April 1953)
The Federal Republic's rapprochement with the U.S. in matters of foreign policy and security was accompanied by a cultural rapprochement: West Germany became "Americanized" at the same time that it was "Americanizing" itself. Here, publications like Der Spiegel played a fundamental educational role by informing people about the history, styles, and major figures in jazz. Sometimes these publications even introduced their readers to particular jazz artists.