Competing memories? The Holocaust and colonial atrocities in German history

Author/s Bianca Gaudenzi
Publishing Year 2023 Issue 2023/118 Language English
Pages 35 P. 18-52 File size 262 KB
DOI 10.3280/PASS2023-118002
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A new controversy has been polarising German history and public memory since 2020. Dubbed Historikerstreit 2.0 in reference to the 1986 debate on the uniqueness of the Holocaust, the dispute revolves around the memory politics of the Holocaust and of German colonial-era atrocities, but it is also very much about how Germany deals with its xenophobic present and its attitude to Israel’s current settlement poli¬cies. This discussion forum takes a broader view in order to contextualise the debate within the wider scope of contemporary German historiography and memory culture and introduce a nuanced assessment of the issues at stake to the Italian public, in a country which still struggles to own up to its antisemitic past, let alone its skewed post-colonial memory and racist present.

Keywords: Holocaust, Memory, Post-colonialism, Germany, Historikerstreit Parole chiave: Memoria, Olocausto, Post-colonialismo, Germania, Historikerstreit

Bianca Gaudenzi, Competing memories? The Holocaust and colonial atrocities in German history in "PASSATO E PRESENTE" 118/2023, pp 18-52, DOI: 10.3280/PASS2023-118002