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By Jenny Wüstenberg

mixing heritage and social technological know-how, this booklet tracks the position of social events in shaping German public reminiscence and values in view that 1945. Drawn from broad unique learn, it bargains a clean point of view at the evolution of German democracy via civic war of words with the violence of its earlier. informed throughout the tales of reminiscence activists, the learn upends the various traditional knowledge approximately glossy German political historical past. An research of the decades-long fight over reminiscence and democracy indicates how grassroots actors challenged after which took over public associations of memorialization. within the strategy, war of words 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 awareness to the crimes of the East German kingdom. This e-book can provide a singular and critical contribution to scholarship approximately postwar Germany and the broader examine of reminiscence politics.

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