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The Mental AftermathThe Mentality of German Physicists 1945-1949$
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Klaus Hentschel

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199205660

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199205660.001.0001

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(p.99) 8 Forgetting
The Mental Aftermath


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This chapter on forgetting distinguishes amnesia and unconscious repression of the past from intentional suppression and concealment of facts. The moral dilemma of ‘repression acrobats’ (Kempner) in coming to terms with the past is more complex than the motivations behind deliberate dissimilation, such as the destruction of evidence or false entries on official denazification questionnaires.

Keywords:   forgetting, amnesia, repression, suppression, dissimilation, questionnaires, denazification

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