Eternal Guilt?: Forty Years of German-Jewish Relations

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Should the Germans of today continue to atone for the sins of their forebears? Eternal Guilt? argues that Germans, Israelis, and American Jews cling to their historical legacy in order to manipulate contemporary political issues.

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Overview

Should the Germans of today continue to atone for the sins of their forebears? Eternal Guilt? argues that Germans, Israelis, and American Jews cling to their historical legacy in order to manipulate contemporary political issues.

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Originally published in German in 1988, this work had gone back to press five times by 1993, supporting the author's contention that "Germans devour books that try to explain their past and present problems with their history--i.e., with themselves." Wolffsohn (government & history, U. of Bundesstaat, Germany) is a Jew and a German, who has lived in and fought for Israel, but has chosen to return to his native country. He delves into complex interrelationships and finds cause for optimism, despite the development of new anti-Semitic militant activities in Germany. Translated by Douglas Bokovoy. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231082747
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 12/2/1993
  • Pages: 225
  • Product dimensions: 6.22 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Archives
1 Without Hitler - No Israel? 1
2 Geschichtspolitik: Phases of German-Jewish-Israeli Relations 12
3 German-Israeli Geschichtspolitik: The Political Function of the Holocaust 71
4 German-Israeli Role Reversal: Or, The legend of the Hair-Shirt 94
5 German-Israeli Language Problems: Different Meanings for the Same Terms 103
6 Public Opinion: A Mirror of Generational Change 108
7 Public Behavior: Tourism as an Indicator? 116
8 Personalities 119
9 Institutions and Organizations 134
10 Triangular Relationships 154
11 Images as a Source of Information and Danger: Or, Germans and Jews in Search of Reality 191
12 Relaxation but No Relief? 205
Selected Bibliography 213
Index 217
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