The Austrian German studies were especially affected by acts of denazification in the post-war years. Nearly all exponents of the scientific discipline were politically examined, including the professors at the Seminar für deutsche Philologie in Graz. Hardly anyone, except the lecturer Hugo Kleinmayr, had refused to arrange with the National Socialist system. During the complex process of the denazification of the institute in Graz, its members developed multiple strategies to prove political reliability. The investigation of the historical files showed that the argumentations were mostly accepted uncritically by the authorized bodies involved. By fleeing into innocuous topics and pretending to have always acted apolitically and impartially, the scientists quickly returned to a regular working mode. A critical process of coming to terms with the past did not happen. This examination of the history of the Seminar für deutsche Philologie illustrates that since the installation of the first chair for German studies in 1851, the discipline in Graz was strongly shaped by political developments. Also, the radical changes in 1938 and 1945 left their marks on the institute. A juxtaposition of continuities and changes can be determined. During the National Socialist era as well as afterwards, the members displayed various, and sometimes inconsistent actions and patterns of behavior. A nuanced look is necessary in order to determine the scopes of actions available to the involved persons at that time.