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Haunted City: Nuremberg and the Nazi Pastby Neil Gregor
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Nuremberg—a city associated with Nazi excesses, party rallies, and the extreme anti-Semitic propaganda published by Hitler ally Julius Streicher—has struggled since the Second World War to come to terms with the material and moral legacies of Nazism. This book explores how the Nuremberg community has confronted the implications of the genocide in which it participated, while also dealing with the appalling suffering of ordinary German citizens during and after the war. Neil Gregors compelling account of the painful process of remembering and acknowledging the Holocaust offers new insights into postwar memory in Germany and how it has operated.
Gregor takes a novel approach to the theme of memory, commemoration, and remembrance, and he proposes a highly nuanced explanation for the failure of Germans to face up to the Holocaust for years after the war. His book makes a major contribution to the social and cultural history of Germany.
"How does a city that became a symbol of one of the greatest blights on human history live on after those times? And what becomes of its inhabitants, in their psychology and daily lives? Those questions are at the crux of this book by German historian Gregor, which looks at the horrors of the Holocaust by way of the post-war problems of German citizens and the incoming population of 'refugees'-a term serving as a 'catch-all marker of difference... relative to the indigenous population.' Keen insight and observation mark this cultural history; for example, the welfare effort to improve the miserable living conditions of refugees 'acted, if anything, to reinforce the sense of separation and isolation from the broader community.' Gregor's layered understanding of the time's cultural and social problems serves readers well throughout, teasing out the undertones of 'division, conflict, and often enough, hatred' masked by a 'language of shared experience,' a 'community of acknowledged suffering' and 'social sympathy for those affected in one way or another by Nazism and war.' Throughout, Gregor deftly accounts for the forces of anger, remembrance and reconciliation. Well-researched and devoid of cliche, this is a successful but dense cultural history." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
About the Author
Neil Gregor is reader in modern German history, University of Southampton, and author of the prize-winning Daimler-Benz in the Third Reich, published by Yale University Press. He lives in Southampton, UK.
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