n Acta Germanica : German Studies in Africa - The commemoration of 20 July 1944 and the contest for dominance of post-war memory regimes in Germany - allgemeine Beiträge / general contributions to German studies

Volume 47 Number 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1273


Memory regimes are established by those memories that garner the greatest public dissemination and acceptance. Amongst the various post-war memory regimes in Germany, the memory regime centred on the Holocaust has dominated since the 1980s. However, from the 1990s onwards German war time suffering slowly started to attract attention again. This German-centred memory regime, as well as the memory of 20 July 1944 (the von Stauffenberg-led attempt on Hitler’s life), became appropriated by right-wing political groups and this association resulted in further social disassociation, particularly concerning the Widerstand (Resistance). The importance of the Widerstand-centred memory was clearly displayed at this year’s official 75th commemoration of 20 July 1944 in Berlin. The leading German political body is increasingly appropriating Widerstandcentred memory, away from right-wing politics. This shift within the German post-war memory regimes can challenge the dominance of the Holocaust-centred memory.

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