The legacy of the Holocaust and German national identity (Book, 1999) [WorldCat.org]
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The legacy of the Holocaust and German national identity

Author: Hans Mommsen
Publisher: New York (129 E. 73rd St., New York 10021) : Leo Baeck Institute, 1999.
Series: Leo Baeck memorial lecture, 42.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Summary:
Contrasts attitudes towards Nazism and the Holocaust of two age groups in contemporary Germany - those who received their political socialization under the Nazis and those who grew up afterwards. The former often feel guilty about their parents' roles in the Third Reich and are ambivalent about contemporary German historians' breaking of taboos that cast German institutions or heroes in an ambiguous light. The  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Hans Mommsen
OCLC Number: 41351967
Description: 15 pages ; 23 cm.
Series Title: Leo Baeck memorial lecture, 42.
Responsibility: by Hans Mommsen.

Abstract:

Contrasts attitudes towards Nazism and the Holocaust of two age groups in contemporary Germany - those who received their political socialization under the Nazis and those who grew up afterwards. The former often feel guilty about their parents' roles in the Third Reich and are ambivalent about contemporary German historians' breaking of taboos that cast German institutions or heroes in an ambiguous light. The younger generation is also upset at moralizing about the Holocaust, but not because they feel guilty: they seek as objective an understanding as possible of the Nazi past, including the Holocaust, in order to create a different future, by working for peace and justice and by fighting racial and ethnic prejudice. They are influenced by Western Europe. Even after German reunification, their identity is not nationalistic.

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