The legacy of the Nazi past continues to arouse public discussion and controversy in Germany over 60 years since the end of the Second World War. This volume provides a fascinating insight into how and why remembrance of this past retains such prominence. It assesses the most important debates on the legacy of Nazism since the entry to power of Gerhard Schroder's SPD-Green coalition in 1998, including the Holocaust memorial in Berlin, campaigns against the far right and discussions of national pride, anti-semitism and German victimhood. Pearce perceives a 'dialectic of normality' in contemporary Germany, whereby references to the Nazi past impact upon normality in the present. This dialectic can, however, have a productive effect in attempting to incorporate the 'lessons' of the past into politics and society.

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