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By Siobhan Kattago

Ambiguous Memory examines the position of reminiscence within the development of a brand new nationwide id in reunified Germany. the writer continues that the contentious debates surrounding modern monumnets to the Nazi previous testify to the paradox of German reminiscence and the continuing 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 state. 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, reworking it into an abstraction during which the Jewish query is down performed. with a purpose to shape a brand new collective reminiscence, the writer argues that unified Germany needs to take care of those conflicting perspectives of the earlier, incorporating definite points of either views.

Providing a topography of East, West, and unified German reminiscence in the course of the Eighties and the Nineties, this paintings contributes to a greater realizing of latest nationwide id 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 best way Germans see themselves, their dating to the prior, and their destiny id as a kingdom. In a cautious research, the writer exhibits how the prior was once used and abused via either the East and the West within the Eighties, and the way those methods merged within the Nineteen Nineties. This fascinating new paintings takes a sociological method of the function of reminiscence in forging a brand new, integrative nationwide identity.

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