The Legacy of Nazi Occupation: Patriotic Memory and National Recovery in Western Europe, 1945-1965


This book offers a comparative analysis of how postwar society dealt with the disruptive legacy of Nazi occupation in France, Belgium, and the Netherlands. It examines the postwar trajectories of resistance fighters, labor conscripts employed in Nazi Germany and victims of Nazi persecution and genocide. Their experiences were often incompatible with the patriotic narratives, aimed at restoring national pride and with the international context, requiring reconciliation with West Germany. In the conflict between memories of the war and the contingencies of the postwar political agenda lies a key to understanding European history since 1945.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Cambridge, England
Publication year:
  • 2004


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