Zur (Un-)Vereinbarkeit von Leid und Schuld in der Deutschen Erinnerung

TitleZur (Un-)Vereinbarkeit von Leid und Schuld in der Deutschen Erinnerung
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsAssmann, Aleida
Date Published03/2006

The author asks about the reasons for the sudden revival of the topic "Suffering of the Germans" in the mode of emotional re-experiencing at the beginning of the 21st century, not least in literature. She summarizes the "current memory situation" in Germany in three theses: (1) Social memory does not have a fixed form, but unfolds in process as a dynamic event of enactment and negotiation. (2) Social memory always exists as diversity in a heterogeneous and tense coexistence. Each generation develops its own approach to the past. (3) The dynamic and changeable nature of social memory necessitates normative specifications at the level of national memory. 

Translated TitleOn (In)compatibility between Suffering and Guilt in German Recollection
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