War Stories: The Search for a Usable Past in the Federal Republic of Germany

TitleWar Stories: The Search for a Usable Past in the Federal Republic of Germany
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsMoeller, Robert G.
Number of Pages329
PublisherUniversity of California Press
CityLondon
Abstract

Robert G. Moeller powerfully conveys the complicated story of how West Germans recast the recent past after the Second World War. He rejects earlier characterizations of a postwar West Germany dominated by attitudes of "forgetting" or silence about the Nazi past. He instead demonstrates the "selective remembering" that took place among West Germans during the postwar years: in particular, they remembered crimes committed against Germans, crimes that—according to some contemporary accounts—were comparable to the crimes of Germans against Jews. Moeller draws on a wide range of U.S. and German government documents, political debates, film archives, letters, oral histories, and newspaper accounts.

Article published under same title by Moeller in 1996.

URLhttps://www.ucpress.edu/book/9780520239104/war-stories
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