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Honest Patriots: Loving a Country Enough to Remember Its Misdeeds

Donald W. Shriver

Abstract

The book records attempts in three countries — Germany, South Africa, and the United States — to educate patriots who are neither loveless critics nor uncritical lovers of their nation, but rather loving critics. How does a national public learn to acknowledge the “dark side” of their country’s history? In the post-1945 years, Germans slowly but surely came to pay public attention to the evils of the Nazi era. In an astonishing accumulation of memorials, museums, films, anniversaries, and high school history books, the country has put its future generations on notice: “Never again”. Post-apart ... More

Keywords: repentance, forgiveness, public memory, justice, racism, memorials, Holocaust, slavery, apartheid, negative history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195151534
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006 DOI:10.1093/0195151534.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Donald W. Shriver, author
Union Theological Seminary (Emeritus)