Civil Society and Memory in Postwar Germany by Jenny Wüstenberg

By Jenny Wüstenberg

mixing heritage and social technology, this publication tracks the position of social routine in shaping German public reminiscence and values given that 1945. Drawn from vast unique examine, it deals a clean viewpoint at the evolution of German democracy via civic disagreement with the violence of its previous. advised in the course of the tales of reminiscence activists, the research upends a number of the traditional knowledge approximately smooth German political historical past. An research of the decades-long fight over reminiscence and democracy exhibits how grassroots actors challenged after which took over public associations of memorialization. within the approach, disagreement of the Holocaust has been driven to the centre of political tradition. In unified Germany, reminiscence politics have shifted back, as activists from East Germany have introduced recognition to the crimes of the East German nation. This ebook grants a unique and critical contribution to scholarship approximately postwar Germany and the broader examine of reminiscence politics.

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