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Shaping Prejudice? Holocaust Remembrance and the Narrative of German Suffering

  • Roger FrieEmail author
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Part of the Studies in the Psychosocial book series (STIP)

Abstract

This chapter maintains that right-wing extremism in Germany exists on a continuum with less extreme postwar German memory discourse. It suggests that memory discourse at the level of family and community has long perceived Germans as victims in the Second World War. The focus on German suffering in the Allied bombing campaigns has created a perception that they are unjustly treated and perceived. In the process, German suffering has been put on par with the suffering inflicted on the victims of the Holocaust. This inversion of the victim–victimiser relationship has created a situation in which some Germans are inherently sympathetic to right-wing discourse. Right-wing extremism is able to tap into this emotional discontent as a means to garner support for its nativist agenda.

Keywords

Holocaust Bombing Victimisation Memory discourse Family memory Public memory 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of EducationSimon Fraser UniversityVancouverCanada

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