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Description - German Intellectuals and the Nazi Past by A. Dirk Moses

This book analyzes how West German intellectuals debated the Nazi past and democratic future of their country. Rather than proceeding event by event, it highlights the underlying issues at stake: the question of a stigmatized nation and the polarized reactions to it that structured German discussion and memory of the Nazi past. Paying close attention to the generation of German intellectuals born during the Weimar Republic - the forty-fivers - this book traces the drama of sixty years of bitter public struggle about the meaning of the past: did the Holocaust forever stain German identity so that Germans could never again enjoy their national emotions like other nationalities? Or were Germans unfairly singled out for the crimes of their ancestors? By explaining how the perceived pollution of family and national life affected German intellectuals, the book shows that public debates cannot be isolated from the political emotions of the intelligentsia.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521864954
ISBN-10: 052186495X
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 24mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - A. Dirk Moses

Dirk Moses was educated in Australia, Scotland, the United States, and Germany, and has taught history at the University of Sydney since 2000. Moses' studies concern postwar Germany and comparative genocide and he has received numerous accolades for his research, including the Charles H. Revson Memorial Fellowship from the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial and Museum and a German Research Council Fellowship at the University of Freiburg. He is the editor of Empire, Colony, Genocide (2007), Colonialism and Genocide (2007, with Dan Stone), and Genocide and Settler Society: Frontier Violence and Stolen Aboriginal Children in Australian History (2004), and sits on the editorial board of Journal of Genocide Research, H-German, and Patterns of Prejudice.

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