By Siobhan Kattago
Ambiguous Memory examines the function of reminiscence within the development 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 ongoing hyperlink of Nazism with modern German nationwide id. The booklet discusses how definite monuments, and the methods Germans have seen them, give a contribution to the several methods Germans have handled the previous, and the way they proceed to house it as one kingdom. Kattago concludes that West Germans have internalized their Nazi prior as a normative orientation for the democratic tradition of West Germany, whereas East Germans have universalized Nazism and the Holocaust, reworking it into an abstraction within which the Jewish query is down performed. in an effort to shape a brand new collective reminiscence, the writer argues that unified Germany needs to cope with those conflicting perspectives of the previous, incorporating sure features of either views.
Providing a topography of East, West, and unified German reminiscence through the Eighties and the Nineties, this paintings contributes to a greater figuring out of up to date nationwide id and society. the writer indicates how public debate over such concerns 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 best way Germans see themselves, their courting to the earlier, and their destiny id as a state. In a cautious research, the writer indicates how the prior was once used and abused by way of either the East and the West within the Nineteen Eighties, and the way those techniques merged within the Nineteen 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