Remembering the Battle of Jutland in Post-War Wilhelmshaven

  • Georg Götz


When the city of Wilhelmshaven published an account of its not so long history in 1958, veteran journalist Hermann Ahner identified two heydays:1 the era from 1897 to 1914, when a German navy had first come into being and the era from 1935 onwards, when Germany again expanded its navy. In this post-war account, highlights of Wilhelmshaven’s history coincide with eras of major armament efforts, hinting at Wilhelmshaven’s peculiar collective memory, which revolved around warfare and more precisely around maritime warfare. From May 1916, the naval city had a shorthand term for its collective memory: the word ‘Skagerrak’. The name of the strait between Norway and Denmark quickly came to serve both as a symbol of German maritime strength and of Wilhelmshaven’s contribution to the First World War.


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