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Collective memory and national identity in the Berlin republic : the emergence of a new consensus ?

Wittlinger, R. (2006) 'Collective memory and national identity in the Berlin republic : the emergence of a new consensus ?', Debatte : journal of contemporary Central and Eastern Europe., 14 (3). pp. 201-212.


At the turn of the millennium, a consensus seemed to exist which suggested that Germany had faced up to its National Socialist past and confronted questions of responsibility and guilt. At last, the Holocaust and the Second World War seemed to have become an integral part of German national identity. Within a few years, however, debates about Germany's past once again turned away from suffering caused by the Germans and returned to the issue of German suffering. This contribution will argue that recent dynamics of German collective memory suggest that a new consensus has emerged which acknowledges German responsibility for crimes committed between 1933 and 1945 at the same time as recognising German suffering. Germany is thus less restricted by its past than it has been at any other point since 1945 resulting in much more confident expressions of German national identity than had been possible in the Bonn Republic.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Special Issue on Germany in the 21st Century: In Search of a New Consensus.
Keywords:European studies, German politics.
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Record Created:30 Jun 2008
Last Modified:08 Apr 2009 16:27

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