Commemorating ‘Heroes of a Special Kind’: Deserter Monuments in Germany 1

  title={Commemorating ‘Heroes of a Special Kind’: Deserter Monuments in Germany 1},
  author={Steven R. Welch},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary History},
  pages={370 - 401}
  • Steven R. Welch
  • Published 29 March 2012
  • History
  • Journal of Contemporary History
Germany is one of the very few countries in the world with deserter monuments. Sparked by the Filbinger affair of 1978 and the protests of the German peace movement against NATO rearmament in the 1980s, a deserter monument movement emerged in numerous German cities, and by 2010 some 25 deserter monuments had been established across the country. These monuments fall into two main categories: those which specifically commemorate German soldiers who deserted from the Wehrmacht in the Second World… 

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