Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Remembering the HolocaustA Debate$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Jeffrey C. Alexander

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195326222

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326222.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 27 November 2021

From Denial to Confessions of Guilt: The German Case

From Denial to Confessions of Guilt: The German Case

(p.114) From Denial to Confessions of Guilt: The German Case
Remembering the Holocaust

Bernhard Giesen

Oxford University Press

Before turning to the general intellectual roots of the negative theology related to the concept of original sin, this chapter outlines the German history of coping with the Holocaust. The case of Germany differs strongly from that of the United States. Germany was unquestionably the prime nation of perpetrators and, at first glance at least, people should expect a strong reluctance to accept the tragic narrative of the Holocaust as a core element of German national identity. Rarely do nations agree on a negative representation of their collective identity. Should the German postwar history, however, fit into Jeffrey Alexander's conception of a tragic narrative, this would provide strong evidence for his assumption that the Holocaust takes the position of a transnational narrative of collective identity.

Keywords:   Holocaust, Jeffrey Alexander, Germany, United States, tragic narrative, German national identity, collective identity

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .