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The Sins of the Fathers: Germany, Memory, Method

Jeffrey K. Olick


The Sins of the Fathers deals with the difficulty of confronting the devastation and atrocities committed by Germany in two world wars, and explores the variety of ways in which Germany’s leaders since 1949 have attempted to meet this challenge, with a particular focus on how those approaches have changed over time. The book can be read as a narrative history of German memory as well as a sociology of German memory or a theory of the politics of regret. Olick’s major empirical goal is to provide a thorough descriptive account of the historical record of state-sponsored or “official” memory, an ... More

Keywords: collective memory, collective guilt, Germany, sociology, Wold War I, World War II

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226386492
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226386522.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey K. Olick, author
University of Virginia