Using the Past in the Nazi Successor States from 1945 to the Present

  title={Using the Past in the Nazi Successor States from 1945 to the Present},
  author={Jenny W{\"u}stenberg and David Art},
  journal={The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science},
  pages={72 - 87}
  • J. Wüstenberg, D. Art
  • Published 1 May 2008
  • Sociology, Art
  • The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
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