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By Siobhan Kattago

Ambiguous Memory examines the function 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 earlier testify to the anomaly of German reminiscence and the continuing hyperlink of Nazism with modern German nationwide identification. The ebook discusses how convinced monuments, and the methods Germans have seen them, give a contribution to different methods Germans have handled the previous, and the way they proceed to house it as one nation. Kattago concludes that West Germans have internalized their Nazi earlier 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. so one can shape a brand new collective reminiscence, the writer argues that unified Germany needs to deal with those conflicting perspectives of the earlier, incorporating definite elements of either views.

Providing a topography of East, West, and unified German reminiscence throughout the Nineteen Eighties and the Nineties, this paintings contributes to a greater figuring out of up to date nationwide identification 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 dating to the prior, and their destiny identification as a country. In a cautious research, the writer exhibits how the previous was once used and abused through either the East and the West within the Eighties, and the way those ways 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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