"Coming to Terms with the Past": Illusions of Remembering, Ways of Forgetting Nazism in West Germany

  title={"Coming to Terms with the Past": Illusions of Remembering, Ways of Forgetting Nazism in West Germany},
  author={Alf L{\"u}dtke},
  journal={The Journal of Modern History},
  pages={542 - 572}
  • A. Lüdtke
  • Published 1 September 1993
  • Art
  • The Journal of Modern History
Public attention to ways of coping with the Nazi past in Germany tends to focus on gestures or speeches by representatives of the state and society. However, this view "from above" ascribes nothing but a passive role to the audiences of such representational politics. The sentiments, opinions, and practices of "the masses" play no active role in these accounts. Therefore, the range and impact of messages from the seeming centers of the polity are not explored but assumed. More important, this… 
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