Una triplice Vergangenheitsbewaltigung. La politica del passato in Germania

Author/s Marzia Ponso
Publishing Year 2009 Issue 2009/1
Language Italian Pages 27 P. 27-53 File size 290 KB
DOI 10.3280/TP2009-001002
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A Threefold Vergangenheitsbewältigung. The Politics of the Past in Germany - The article discusses that specific aspect of German political culture known as Vergangenheitsbewältigung, i.e. the going over the totalitarian past through a threefold reworking: judicial (trials, convictions, political and administrative purges), economic (compensations and reparations) and cultural (a deep historical knowledge of what happened, the working out of moral and law criteria for judgment, an at least symbolic declaration of solidarity towards the victims). The German case is interesting because of its uniqueness. First of all, from the judicial point of view, the way the past was reworked has had an extraordinary impact, being at the root of present developments in international criminal law. From the political and the moral-philosophical perspectives, no other population has so thoroughly re-defined its identity with respect to its past: constitutional and post-national patriotism are a case in point. One more exceptional aspect is that, after the reunification, Germany has lived through a new Vergangenheitsbewältigung which suggests interesting comparative considerations.

Marzia Ponso, Una triplice Vergangenheitsbewaltigung. La politica del passato in Germania in "TEORIA POLITICA" 1/2009, pp 27-53, DOI: 10.3280/TP2009-001002