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Remembering National Socialism in the German Democratic Republic

Clarke, David 2018. Remembering National Socialism in the German Democratic Republic. In: Baranowski, Shelley, Nolzen, Armin and Szejnmann, Claus‐Christian W. eds. A Companion to Nazi Germany, Hoboken, N.J.; Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 599-613. (10.1002/9781118936894.ch36)

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Abstract

This chapter outlines the official politics of memory in the German Democratic Republic (GDR) in relation to National Socialism. It charts the development of anti‐fascist memory in the GDR and discusses the relationship between the commemoration of the anti‐fascist resistance struggle and the ruling Socialist Unity Party claim to legitimate power. It seeks to situate anti‐fascist memory within the GDR's official memory politics more generally and discusses the relationship between this official memory and the ways in which ordinary GDR citizens interpreted Germany's history. The place of the Holocaust in the GDR's official politics of memory is also discussed. Finally, the chapter examines the controversy surrounding the anti‐fascist legacy of the GDR in post‐unification Germany.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Modern Languages
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN: 9781118936887
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2019 13:53
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/118689

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