Magazine article Foreign Affairs

Holocaust Angst: The Federal Republic of Germany and American Holocaust Memory since the 1970s

Magazine article Foreign Affairs

Holocaust Angst: The Federal Republic of Germany and American Holocaust Memory since the 1970s

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Holocaust Angst: The Federal Republic of Germany and American Holocaust Memory Since the 1970s BY JACOB S. EDER. Oxford University Press, 2016, 320 pp.

It is easy to forget that for decades after World War II, the Holocaust did not play anything like the role it does today in American culture. Beginning in the 1970s, mostly American Jewish activists sought to create more opportunities for Holocaust survivors to tell their stories and thus to bolster awareness of this singular event. Their campaign culminated in the construction of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum on the Washington Mall, which officially opened in 1993. At the time, German leaders worried that the museum would cast present-day Germany in a bad light and threaten the transatlantic alliance-the angst of Eder's title. …

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