Twenty-First Century Memory Regimes in Germany and Poland: An Analysis of Elite Discourses and Public Opinion

TitleTwenty-First Century Memory Regimes in Germany and Poland: An Analysis of Elite Discourses and Public Opinion
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsLangenbacher, E
JournalGerman Politics and Society
Volume26
Issue4
Pagination50-81
Date Published2008
Abstract

One of the most important developments in reunified Germany's memory regime has been the return of the memory of German suffering at the end and in the aftermath of World War II. Elite discourses about the bombing of German cities, the mass rape of German women by members of the Red Army, and, above all, the expulsion of Germans from then-eastern Germany and elsewhere in Central and Eastern Europe have gained massive visibility in the last decade. Although many voices have lauded these developments as liberating, others within Germany and especially in Poland - from where the vast majority of Germans were expelled - have reacted with fear. The extent to which these elite voices resonate with broader public opinion is explored on the basis largely of survey results.

URLhttp://www.jstor.org/stable/23742877
Short TitleTwenty-First Century Memory Regimes in Germany and Poland
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