By Sharon Macdonald

How does a urban and a kingdom take care of a legacy of perpetrating atrocity? How are modern identities negotiated and formed within the face of concrete reminders of a previous that the majority want they didn't have?

Difficult Heritage specializes in the case of Nuremberg – a urban whose identify is indelibly associated with Nazism – to discover those questions and their implications. utilizing an unique in-depth learn, utilizing archival, interview and ethnographic assets, it offers not just interesting new fabric and views, but in addition extra common unique theorizing of the connection among historical past, identification and fabric tradition.

The booklet appears to be like at how Nuremberg has handled its Nazi previous post-1945. It focuses specially, yet now not completely, at the city’s architectural background, specifically, the previous Nazi social gathering rally grounds, on which the Nuremburg rallies have been staged. The e-book attracts on unique assets, comparable to urban council debates and interviews, to chart a full of life photograph of discussion, motion and state of being inactive relating to this web site and critical others, in Nuremberg and somewhere else. In doing so, Difficult Heritage seeks to focus on alterations through the years within the ways that the Nazi prior has been handled in Germany, and the underlying cultural assumptions, motivations and resources of friction concerned.

Whilst referencing wider debates and giving examples of what used to be taking place somewhere else in Germany and past, Difficult Heritage offers a wealthy in-depth account of this so much attention-grabbing of circumstances. It additionally engages in comparative mirrored image on advancements underway somewhere else that allows you to contextualize what was once taking place in Nuremberg and to teach similarities to and alterations from the ways that different ‘difficult heritages’ were handled in other places. via doing so, the writer bargains an educated point of view on methods of facing tough historical past, at the present time and sooner or later, discussing cutting edge museological, academic and inventive perform.

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