Abstract

Abstract:

West Germany's record of dealing with National Socialism is often held up as a model to be emulated by states emerging out of war and mass crimes. This article traces the application of the German model to contemporary Serbia, as represented by the two tropes of "Nuremberg" (justice) and "Willy Brandt's Kniefall" (apology). It argues that both events were divorced from their own historical circumstances and presented as contemporaneous elements of a model that set unrealistic normative benchmarks when applied to the Serbian national context. Placing Germany's process of postwar memory construction in a historical and comparative light, rather than viewing it as an ideal-typical model to be emulated, provides a more productive way of analyzing the complexities of national memory processes in post-conflict states.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-1994
Print ISSN
0935-560X
Pages
pp. 69-99
Launched on MUSE
2022-03-17
Open Access
No
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