In a spirited, provocative short essay for Geschichte der Gegenwart Dirk Moses criticises the ‘high priests’ of Germany’s memory culture for perpetuating a view of the National Socialist past, its place in German and European history, and its proper place in the historical consciousness of the Federal Republic that he regards as outdated. For Moses, … Continue reading Priests, Catechisms and Heretics: Some Thoughts on Dirk Moses’ Remarks
Recently I have been working with colleagues from the City of Nuremberg’s Culture Office and the University of Teacher Education at Lucerne to develop plans for new internal and external installations at the Nazi Party Rally Grounds. The immediate cause of this is the major conservation project now getting underway at the Zeppelin Tribune and … Continue reading Populisms Past, Populisms Present: Nazism as a Problem of Contemporary Pedagogy
What are we to make of the imminent reissue in German, 70 years after the death of Hitler, of Mein Kampf - the book that symbolizes like nothing else the destructive genocidal ambitions of the Nazi regime? What does the decision to re-publish tell us about contemporary Germany's relationship to the Nazi past? The question … Continue reading What to do with ‘Mein Kampf’?