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NC German Studies Seminar & Workshop Series

April 6, 2017 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Public Keynote Lecture

Reframing the Past: Justice, Guilt and Consolidation in East and West Germany after Nazism

Public event, no registration necessary.

5:00 – 7:00 PM
Location: UNC Chapel Hill, Wilson Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room

5:00 PM: Welcome:  Karen Hagemann (UNC Chapel Hill, Department of History)

5:15 PM: Introduction of the Keynote Speaker and Moderation: Konrad H. Jarausch ((UNC Chapel Hill, Department of History)

  • Public Lecture:

    Mary Fulbrook (University College London, Department of German)
    Reframing the Past: Justice, Guilt and Consolidation in East and West Germany after Nazism

Only a minority of individuals involved in Nazi crimes were prosecuted after the war; and the transnational history of trials is only beginning to be explored. Even less well understood are the ways in which those who were tainted by complicity reframed their personal life stories. Millions had been willing facilitators, witting beneficiaries, or passive (and perhaps unhappily helpless) witnesses of Nazi persecution; many had been actively involved in sustaining Nazi rule; perhaps a quarter of a million had personally killed Jewish civilians, and several million had direct knowledge of genocide. How did these people re-envision their own lives after Nazism? And how did they reinterpret their own former behaviors – their actions and inaction – in light of public confrontations with Nazi crimes and constructions of ‘perpetrators’ in trials? Going beyond well-trodden debates about ‘overcoming the past’, this paper explores patterns of personal memory among East and West Germans after Nazism.

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April 6, 2017
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Pleasants Family Assembly Room, Wilson Library
NC United States


Karen Hagemann