By Siobhan Kattago
Ambiguous Memory examines the position of reminiscence within the construction of a brand new nationwide id in reunified Germany. the writer keeps that the contentious debates surrounding modern monumnets to the Nazi prior testify to the paradox of German reminiscence and the continuing hyperlink of Nazism with modern German nationwide id. The publication discusses how sure monuments, and the methods Germans have considered them, give a contribution to the various methods Germans have handled the prior, and the way they proceed to accommodate it as one kingdom. Kattago concludes that West Germans have internalized their Nazi previous as a normative orientation for the democratic tradition of West Germany, whereas East Germans have universalized Nazism and the Holocaust, remodeling it into an abstraction within which the Jewish query is down performed. so one can shape a brand new collective reminiscence, the writer argues that unified Germany needs to take care of those conflicting perspectives of the prior, incorporating definite elements of either views.
Providing a topography of East, West, and unified German reminiscence in the course of the Nineteen Eighties and the Nineties, this paintings contributes to a greater knowing of latest nationwide identification and society. the writer indicates how public debate over such matters at Ronald Reagan's stopover at to Bitburg, the renarration of Buchenwald as Nazi and Soviet internment camp, the Goldhagen controversy, and the Holocaust Memorial debate in Berlin give a contribution to the complexities surrounding the way in which Germans see themselves, their dating to the previous, and their destiny id as a kingdom. In a cautious research, the writer exhibits how the earlier was once used and abused by means of either the East and the West within the Nineteen Eighties, and the way those techniques merged within the Nineties. This attention-grabbing new paintings takes a sociological method of the position of reminiscence in forging a brand new, integrative nationwide identity.
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Ambiguous Memory: The Nazi Past and German National Identity by Siobhan Kattago