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Florian Helfer

concentrating on the textbooks’ implicit and subtextual messages, it aims to draw more general conclusions about the underlying memory discourse. Methodology The study comprises a qualitative analysis of representations of colonial violence in texts

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History Teaching and Cultural Hegemony

Representations of the Spanish Civil War in Francoist History Textbooks of the 1960s

Johanna Fricke

, the public representation of the war was largely determined by official Francoist memory discourse, which, however, the regime repeatedly adapted by accommodating sociopolitical changes in order to strengthen its claims to legitimacy and to consolidate

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Inside Contested Cultural Memory

The Alternative für Deutschland in Dresden

Bhakti Deodhar

adapt their messages in a bid to attain legitimacy. The performative acts of members play a key role in understanding the AfD's efforts to challenge the mainstream memory discourse anchored in the centrality of the Holocaust. Methodology This study

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‘It's a real Totschlag‐Argument

The attribution of agency to the Holocaust among contemporary young German adults in a discourse of remembering and forgetting

Lisa Jenny Krieg

The Holocaust, a significant moral principle for contemporary Germany, is embedded in a politically and emotionally charged discourse of remembering and forgetting. German politicians and young German adults often perceive the Holocaust as a threat associated with guilt, and call it , killer‐phrase, or , bludgeon. This paper analyses how the Holocaust is endowed with agency, and how demands to control its powers are aligned with this. Some young German adults used this narrative practice to position themselves in the German memory discourse, while others criticised it. This paper argues that agency attribution contributes to the mechanisms of forgetting by reducing the complexities of social and historical entanglements.

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Gabriele Mueller

This article examines two German films which, in different ways, engage with ethical questions raised by scientific advances in biotechnology and the specter of eugenics: Blueprint (Rolf Schübel, 2003), an adaptation of Charlotte Kerner's Blaupause, and The Elementary Particles (Elementarteilchen, Oskar Roehler, 2006), a cinematic interpretation of Michel Houellebecq's novel with the same title. Assuming different positions, the films contribute to the divisive public debate surrounding human cloning. Their visions vacillate between dystopian warnings of a commodification of human existence and euphoric promises of the potential to genetically erase human flaws forever. The films' main concern, however, is a critique of ideological positions associated with the generation of 1968, and the directors use the debate on genetics to infuse this discussion with an element of radicalism. This article explores the ways in which the films engage with the memory discourse in Germany through the lens of discourses on ethics and biotechnology.

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Invoking the “Yolocaust”?

German Memory Politics, Cultural Criticism, and Contemporary Popular Arts

Ralph Buchenhorst

global trend into it, or if global trends are a coercive presupposition for developing local narratives—that is, if a local memory discourse can be globalized, or if a global discourse can be localized. 1 The second issue is the crucial challenge

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Susanne Baackmann

-unified nation, re-evaluated as the work of an author with substantial critical insight, and, as I will do in the following, analyzed as a decisive contribution to broader cultural memory discourses that grapple with questions about how to address historical

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Que reste-t-il de nos amours?

The Expectations of 1989–1991 Revisited

Francisco Martínez

articulation of a supposedly pure past. In this sense, contemporary memory discourses in Europe should avoid the reefs of ossification, not fall in the populist trap and repeat the ‘grand narratives’ of the past and the success story of one group only

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Catherine Plum, Klaus Berghahn, Gregory Smulewicz-Zucker, David Freis, and Matthew Eckel

bifurcation in memory discourse along both the political lines of left and right and along the lines of public and private memory” (4). Two aspects set the volume apart from numerous other contributions to the debate: the attempt to include many different

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Between Resistance and the State

Caribbean Activism and the Invention of a National Memory of Slavery in France

Itay Lotem

legislators, the debates that followed, most notably instituting a memorial day on 10 May of each year, contributed to the inclusion of France’s Antillean communities into this memory discourse in order to reaffirm their symbolic bonds to the Republic