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Adenauer and the ‘Narrative of the centre’

Icon_52_Rand_orangeThe Research Group is currently working on a study of Adenauer’s view of German and especially National Socialist history and his interpretation of national self-perceptions against the background of that history. The study is based on Adenauer’s letters, speeches, interviews and other statements from 1945 up to his death in 1967. It proceeds from the assumption that Adenauer espoused a historical and political narrative that seized on moods prevailing among the population and played on pre-existing notions of national identity, while also fitting in with attitudes he had formed in the course of his life. The question is, how did this narrative relate to the German past, how did it engage with that past or dissent from it, to what extent did the Germans find themselves reflected in it and how far did it differ from ‘right-wing’ and ‘left-wing’ narratives?
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The Research Group is currently working on a study of Adenauer’s view of German and especially National Socialist history and his interpretation of national self-perceptions against the background of that history. The study is based on Adenauer’s letters, speeches, interviews and other statements from 1945 up to his death in 1967. It proceeds from the […]

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Memory policy as image policy. The Kohl government and the ‘Holocaust Memorial

Icon_52_Rand_orangeThis study explores the question of why the Federal Government under Helmut Kohl supported the project of a national memorial for the murdered Jews, even though with the Neue Wache it was at the same time busy updating the tradition of commemorating German victims and the victims of German crimes without distinguishing between them. Did the Federal Chancellor’s decision conceal a sudden underlying change in strategy or was it rather a change of attitude?

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This study explores the question of why the Federal Government under Helmut Kohl supported the project of a national memorial for the murdered Jews, even though with the Neue Wache it was at the same time busy updating the tradition of commemorating German victims and the victims of German crimes without distinguishing between them. Did […]

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20 Years of Federal Monument Policies

Icon_52_Rand_orangeThe subjects of the study are the five monuments that the Federal Government had built in Berlin over the last 20 years in memory of the victims of National Socialism: the New Guard House (Neue Wache), the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe [the so-called Holocaust Memorial], the Memorials to Homosexuals Persecuted under National Socialism and to the European Sinti and Roma Victims of National Socialism, and lastly, the Memorial and Information Centre for the Victims of the National Socialist ‘Euthanasia’ Murders. more »

The subjects of the study are the five monuments that the Federal Government had built in Berlin over the last 20 years in memory of the victims of National Socialism: the New Guard House (Neue Wache), the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe [the so-called Holocaust Memorial], the Memorials to Homosexuals Persecuted under National […]

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