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Holocaust Angst: The Federal Republic of Germany and American Holocaust Memory since the 1970s

Jacob S. Eder

Abstract

This book explores how Germans perceived and reacted to how Americans publicly commemorated the Holocaust. It argues that a network of mostly conservative West German officials and their associates in private organizations and foundations, with Chancellor Kohl located at its center, perceived themselves as the “victims” of the afterlife of the Holocaust in America. They were concerned that public manifestations of Holocaust memory—e.g., museums, monuments, and movies—could severely damage the Federal Republic’s reputation in the United States and even cause Americans to call into question the ... More

Keywords: Holocaust, memory, Germany, Helmut Kohl, Elie Wiesel, museum, Cold War, transnational, Nazi past, diplomatic

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190237820
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190237820.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jacob S. Eder, author
Research Fellow and Lecturer, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena