Getting History Right: East and West German Collective Memories of the Holocaust and War

TitleGetting History Right: East and West German Collective Memories of the Holocaust and War
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsWolfgram, Mark
PublisherBucknell University Press
CityLewisburg
Abstract

How do individuals, societies, and nations deal with their difficult pasts? 'Getting history right' examines this question in a comparative context by looking at an authoritarian East Germany and a pluralistic, democratic West Germany. Eschewing a narrow focus on elites, this work draws extensively on societal level discussions of the past in popular culture, such as film, television, radio, and newspapers. It examines how societal level discussions of the past shaped individual perceptions and interpretations of the past; and how individual perceptions and struggles over the meaning of the past shaped societal level discussions. These struggles over meaning and 'getting history right' are not only shaped by political power, but are also a source of symbolic power. [WorldCat.]

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