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Dealing with an Ocean of Meaninglessness

Reinhart Koselleck's Lava Memories and Conceptual History

Margrit Pernau and Sébastien Tremblay

himself has never done). This will form the core of the third section of this article. Engaging with the German debates around the end of the war and what it means for the present coming to terms with the past ( Vergangenheitsbewältigung ) in this section

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Spatial Patterns of Thermidor

Protest and Voting in East Germany’s Revolution, 1989-1990

Marko Grdešić

. After all, the sed did not return to power. Furthermore, (eastern) Germans have done more than many others in their own process of Vergangenheitsbewältigung (coming-to-terms with the past) by opening up the archives of a variety of institutions

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Book Reviews

Klaus Berghahn, Russell Dalton, Jason Verber, Robert Tobin, Beverly Crawford, and Jeffrey Luppes

past leads people to view him as him as a “normal” person, adored by millions of other “normal” people, it could lead to progress in “coming to terms with the past.” Put differently, if Hitler rant parodies end the glorification of the Führer and lead

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Understanding Germany’s Short-lived “Culture of Welcome”

Images of Refugees in Three Leading German Quality Newspapers

Maximilian Conrad and Hugrún Aðalsteinsdóttir

helps to understand the centrality of concepts such as “coming-to-terms with the past” or slogans of “never again” ( nie wieder ), i.e., never again war, concentration camps, or German “special paths” ( Sonderwege ) in public discourse on Germany

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Herr or Hüter of the Constitution?

The First Fifty Years in the History of the German Federal Constitutional Court

Manfred H. Wiegandt

constitutional player to attempt something like coming-to-terms with the past ( Vergangenheitsbewältigung ). (37) Two other decisions of the Court in its founding phase are worth mentioning, and both put the Court’s stamp on the fundamental rights

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Denkmalpflege, Denazification, and the Bureaucratic Manufacture of Memory in Bavaria

Lauren Schwartz

the limits of their mutual action. Bavaria and Munich have benefited from extensive attention in scholarship on memory politics and Vergangenheitsbewältigung (coming to terms with the past) due to their history as sites of origin and cultural

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Inside Contested Cultural Memory

The Alternative für Deutschland in Dresden

Bhakti Deodhar

” Germans who had been betrayed. 7 The student movement in the 1960s radically challenged this view and framed the process of coming to terms with the past ( Vergangenheitsbewältigung ) in an increasingly moral perspective. This eventually gave rise to a

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Staying Local, Going Global

Sustaining German Culture in “Dark” Times

Annika Orich

Nazi past in post-war Germany. The show arguably raises similar questions to the ones that have shaped the cultural practice of Vergangenheitsbewältigung (coming to terms with the past) in Germany: 26 it asks why and how people become murderers, it

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Returning to the Source

Revisiting Arendtian Forgiveness in the Politics of Reconciliation

Sam Grey

ubiquitous TRC mandate of ‘coming to terms with the past’ never signifies ‘a serious working through [but] rather, wishing to turn the page and, if possible, wiping it from memory. The attitude that it would be proper for everything to be forgiven and

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Thomas Klikauer, Norman Simms, Helge F. Jani, Bob Beatty, and Nicholas Lokker

just a success story when it comes to that terribly long word Vergangenheitsbewältigung— coming to terms with the past and learning from it. Between 1945 and around 1995, at least in West Germany, Vergangenheitsbewältigung was largely avoided. In the