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Invoking the “Yolocaust”?

German Memory Politics, Cultural Criticism, and Contemporary Popular Arts

Ralph Buchenhorst

Shoah, it aims to highlight that recent developments in subversive satire detect a crystallization in official memory politics, reacting with a counter-discourse to the political correctness of the defenders of moralism. Consequently, and counter

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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

of forgetting. Instead, the more urgent question now involves excavating a genealogy of the discourse surrounding West German memory politics and the function of the concept of “memory,” “remembrance,” or “lesson-learning,” in Germany, especially in

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The Good, the Bad, and the Awkward

The Making of War Veterans in Postindependence Mozambique

Nikkie Wiegink

as central to this process: memory politics, policies and procedures, and veterans’ organizational activities. With this approach, my aim is to provide insight into the political postwar trajectories of former combatants beyond the dominant paradigm

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Visual History Lessons Told by Der Spiegel

Picture-type Analysis of History Narratives Conveyed by the German Magazine

Horst-Alfred Heinrich and Claudia Azcuy Becquer

memory politics” and “politics for the past” that inform the category scheme we use in our analysis. The methods section explains the approach we took in analyzing Der Spiegel' s covers, including our selection procedure as well as the methods of image

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Pluralism, Governance, and the New Right in German Memory Politics

Jenny Wüstenberg

, especially the Alternative for Germany (Alternative für Deutschland, AfD), to instrumentalize German memory politics . Commemorative culture in Germany is clearly multifaceted and pluralistic. The Holocaust and the Nazi past are represented not only

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"We Need to Get Away from a Culture of Denial"?

The German-Herero War in Politics and Textbooks

Lars Müller

The question of whether the German-Herero War (1904-1907) may be called a genocide has been debated in German politics for over twenty years. This article explores the representations of this event in German history textbooks in the context of this ongoing debate. Textbooks are not merely the end product of a negotiation process. Rather, as media and objects of memory politics, they are part of a societal negotiation process to determine relevant knowledge. Changes made to textbooks in relation to this controversial topic take place in very short periods of time and often go beyond what appears to meet with mutual agreement in the political sphere.

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“Russia My History”

A Hi-Tech Version of an Old History Textbook

Olga Konkka

particularly resistant to innovation, let alone postmodernism, at least when it comes to its museal representation. Owing to multiple factors that have influenced Soviet and post-Soviet memory politics and practices, the Great Patriotic War is usually presented

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Educational Media, Textbooks, and Postcolonial Relocations of Memory Politics in Europe

Eckhardt Fuchs and Marcus Otto

Cultures of remembrance or memory cultures have constituted an interdisciplinary field of research since the 1990s. While this field has achieved a high level of internal differentiation, it generally views its remit as one that encompasses “all imaginable forms of conscious remembrance of historical events, personalities, and processes.” In contrast to this comprehensive and therefore rather vague definition of “culture of remembrance” or “memory culture”, we use the term “politics of memory” here and in what follows in a more specific sense, in order to emphasize “the moment at which the past is made functional use of in the service of present-day purposes, to the end of shaping an identity founded in history.” Viewing the issue in terms of discourse analysis, we may progress directly from this definition to identify and investigate politics of memory as a discourse of strategic resignifications of the past as formulated in history and implemented in light of contemporary identity politics. While the nation-state remains a central point of reference for the politics of memory, the field is by no means limited to official forms of the engagement of states with their past. In other words, it does not relate exclusively to the official character of a state’s policy on history. Instead, it also encompasses the strategic politics of memory and identity pursued by other stakeholders in a society, a politics that frequently, but not always, engages explicitly with state-generated and state-sanctioned memory politics. Thus, the politics of memory is currently unfolding as a discourse of ongoing, highly charged debate surrounding collective self-descriptions in modern, “culturally” multilayered, and heterogeneous societies, where self-descriptions draw on historical developments and events that are subject to conflict.

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Right-Wing Populism and International Issues

A Case Study of the AfD

Christiane Lemke

's greatness vis-à-vis America's decline. 2 In Germany, memory politics and the redefinition of historical experience plays a major role in this process. Since the end of World War II, Europe and the United States have developed very close relations in the

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The End of Empire Colonial Heritage and the Politics of Memory in Britain

Susanne Grindel

Taking as its starting point the current debate over the significance of history in the National Curriculum for England, this article examines the place of the country's colonial past in its national culture of memory. In the context of debates about educational policy and the politics of memory concerning Britain's colonial heritage, the author focuses on the transmission and interpretation of this heritage via school history textbooks, which play a key role in the politics of memory. This medium offers insight into transformations of the country's colonial experience that have taken place since the end of the British Empire. School textbooks do not create and establish these transformations in isolation from other arenas of discourse about the culture of memory by reinventing the nation. Instead, they reflect, as part of the national culture of memory, the uncertainties and insecurities emerging from the end of empire and the decolonization of the British nation's historical narrative.