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Hitler's American Countermodel

The United States and the Making of Nazi Ideology

Pavel Brunssen

was highly praised by, for instance, a central figure of the Historikerstreit 2.0 (“Catechism debate”), Michael Rothberg, as a “fascinating” read that supposedly shows how, for the Nazis, “racism and antisemitism were intertwined phenomena.” 5 Whether

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In Search of the Rescuer in the Holocaust

Dori Laub

This article attempts to demonstrate that remembering the rescuer in genocide is fraught with conflict. Data taken from psychoanalytic practice and the arena of public discourse is presented to illustrate these crises in remembering. The forgetting of German rescuers in German public discourse is particularly thought provoking. The vicissitudes of memories of the successful Rosenstrasse demonstrations by the Gentile wives of the two thousand Jewish workers arrested in the Fabrikaktion in 1943 in Berlin is discussed in detail, including the present-day Historikerstreit regarding the “real merit“ of these demonstrations. Holocaust survivors' memories of being rescued by Germans are also addressed. Finally, a tentative psychoanalytic conceptualization of the conflict inherent in remembering and acknowledging such rescue behavior is attempted.

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Latent but Not Less Significant: The Holocaust as an Argumentative Resource in German National Identity Discourse

Eunike Piwoni

There seems to be a wide consensus in the academic community that the Holocaust is gradually losing significance in the German public. This development is clearly reflected in public elite discourse on national identity, where “Holocaust-centered memory” has ceased to be hegemonic. In the literature, several interpretations and reasons have been presented to explain this development. This paper contributes to the debate by arguing that the declining presence of Holocaust-centered arguments in intellectual elite discourse on national identity is due to a new consensual idea of German nationhood. Based on an event-oriented discourse analysis of more than 800 articles in opinion-leading newspapers, journals and magazines covering a period of more than twenty years, I argue that in national identity discourse, the Holocaust has never been—as is usually assumed—a blockade to displays of national identity in general, but only to a specific interpretation of the German nation as a Volk and as an exclusionist culture nation. By contrast, the idea of nationhood that dominates in the German public sphere today, the civic nation model, has never invoked Holocaust-centered counter-arguments—not even in the Historikerstreit in the 1980s. Thus, over the past three decades, the way national identity discourse has operated might have changed less than had often been assumed. The central argument of this paper is that the Holocaust has become a “latent”—but not a less consequential—argumentative resource.

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Book Reviews

Niklas Olsen, Irene Herrmann, Håvard Brede Aven, and Mohinder Singh

and a brief epilogue. Rather than a traditional introduction to the problem statement, the structure of the study, or the material on which it is based, the first chapter begins by situating Koselleck in the famous German Historikerstreit about the

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“This Other Germany, the Dark One”

Post-Wall Memory Politics Surrounding the Neo-Nazi Riots in Rostock and Hoyerswerda

Esther Adaire

right-wing voices that sought to relativize the crimes of National Socialism and the Soviet Union during the Historians’ Dispute ( Historikerstreit ), as well as Kohl and U.S. President Ronald Reagan's blunderous visit to the graves of Wehrmacht soldiers

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The New Nationalism?

Antecedents of the Alternative for Germany's Islamfeindlichkeit

J Sterphone

German identity. Habermas's constitutional patriotism became a central organizing point for the Historikerstreit (historian's debate) of the mid-1980s, when he responded to the arguments of conservative historians Ernst Nolte, Michael Stürmer, and

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The German New Right and Its Think Tanks

Hartwig Pautz

protagonist of the Historikerstreit or “historians' quarrel” 35 in the late 1980s. The proximity of IfS to the AfD, as shown in the network graph, should not be understood as a “natural” coming together of the like-minded but rather as the outcome of a

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Telling the Story of History with Henry Rousso and Ivan Jablonka

Situating the Present to Write the Past

Nathan Bracher

(Paris: Fayard, 1994) was an allusion to Ernst Nolte’s June 1986 article in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung , “Die Vergangenheit, die nicht vergehen will” [the past that will not pass away] that set off the Historikerstreit or historians’ debate. 4

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Renaissance of the New Right in Germany?

A Discussion of New Right Elements in German Right-wing Extremism Today

Samuel Salzborn

the wake of the 1980s Historikerstreit (historians’ quarrel), one of the most important mentors of the New Right in Germany, Karlheinz Weissmann, 19 managed to insert his views on National Socialism into the ranks of the renowned book series

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The Social Life of Fighting Words

The Case of Political Correctness

Ronald S. Stade

History .” Comparative Studies in Society and History 29 ( 1 ): 76 – 98 . 10.1017/S0010417500014353 Mittmann , Thomas . 2008 . “ Vom ‘Historikerstreit’ zum ‘Fall Hohmann’: Kontroverse Diskussionen um Political Correctness seit Ende der 1980er Jahre