“Germans as Victims? Thoughts on a Post-Cold War History of World War II’s Legacies” by Robert G. Moeller has won the Conference Group for Central European History’s biennial Hans Rosenberg Prize for the best article in Central European history, which is understood to include all German-speaking countries as well as areas previously included within the Habsburg monarchy.
Included in “Histories and Memories of Twentieth-Century Germany,” volume 17, numbers 1/2 of History & Memory, a special issue edited by Alon Confino, Professor Moeller’s “Germans as Victims?” examines “how the trauma of the mass death, loss, and suffering of millions of Germans has entered German public memory, history, and politics since 1945 and how representations of that past have changed over time.”
In his introduction to the special issue, Mr. Confino writes that “The momentous events of 1989 and the ensuing German unification...changed historian’s view of twentieth-century Germany. ...As the outcome of the story changes, so does our understanding of the story itself: of the Third Reich and the Holocaust, which remains at the center of German history in the previous century, and of the century as whole which...can now be narrated as having a (relatively) happy ending. The aim of this [issue] is to articulate this historical problem and narrative challenge. ...”
In addition to Professor Moller’s prize-winning article, “Histories and Memories of Twentieth-Century Germany” includes contributions from Peter Fritzsche, Paul Betts, Ute Frevert, Uta G. Poiger, Richard Bessel, Celia Applegate, Dagmar Herzog, Helmut Walser Smith, Alon Confino, and Michael Geyer.
History & Memory: Studies in Representation of the Past is edited by Gadi Algazi at the Eva and Marc Besen Institute for the Study of Historical Consciousness at Tel Aviv University and published twice a year by Indiana University Press. The journal is available in print and online. For more information, please visit the History & Memory website.