By Jenny Wüstenberg

mixing background and social technological know-how, this booklet tracks the function of social pursuits in shaping German public reminiscence and values seeing that 1945. Drawn from large unique study, it bargains a clean point of view at the evolution of German democracy via civic disagreement with the violence of its earlier. informed during the tales of reminiscence activists, the examine upends a number of the traditional knowledge approximately smooth German political background. 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 method, 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 cognizance to the crimes of the East German kingdom. This e-book promises a singular and demanding contribution to scholarship approximately postwar Germany and the broader research of reminiscence politics.

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