This theme issue of German Politics and Society, “The Dilemmas of

Commemoration: German Debates on the Holocaust in the 1990s,”

features a collection of articles on the politics of memory and the

debates surrounding the Berlin Holocaust memorial. Compiled

under Christhard Hoffmann’s able direction, the issue presents the

work of five eminent scholars who address this painful but essential

topic from the perspectives of their various disciplines. The project

began at a UC Berkeley workshop in March 1998. We are pleased to

present the reworked, updated collection to our readership and thus

reward this worthy endeavor with the audience that the topic and

these articles deserve.