By Klas-Göran Karlsson, Johan Stenfeldt, Ulf Zander, Nanci Adler, Johan Dietsch, John Paul Himka, Maria Karlsson, Jörn Rüsen, Anton Weiss-Wendt
Members: Klas-Göran Karlsson, Johan Stenfeldt, Ulf Zander, Nanci Adler, Johan Dietsch, John Paul Himka, Maria Karlsson, Jörn Rüsen, Anton Weiss-Wendt
The collective paintings bargains with the issues of if, how, and why the histories of German Nazism and Soviet Communism should still and will be positioned inside of one coherent narrative. As ancient phenomena, can Communism and Nazism fruitfully be in comparison to one another? Do they belong to an identical historic contexts? Have they inspired, reacted to or discovered from one another? Are they interpreted, represented and used jointly by means of posterity?
The history of the publication is twofold. One is exterior. there's an ongoing debate in regards to the ancient entanglements of Communism and Nazism, specifically approximately Auschwitz and Gulag, respectively. Our current fascination with the evil background of genocide has located the Holocaust because the borderline occasion in Western ancient considering. The crimes opposed to humanity perpetrated through the Soviet Communist regime wouldn't have an analogous place yet are thought of extra pressing within the East and principal ecu states that have been subdued through either Nazi and Communist regimes.
The different, inner heritage is to boost an analytical standpoint within which the “comnaz” nexus may be understood. utilizing a posh technique, the authors examine Communist and Nazi histories as entangled phenomena, guided via 3 easy views. concentrating on roots and advancements, a genetic standpoint highlights historic, process-oriented connections. A structural point of view shows an try and slim down “operational” parallels of the 2 political platforms within the means they dealt with ideology to build social utopia, used suggestions of terror, and so on. a 3rd standpoint is genealogical, emphasizing the processing and use of Communist and Nazi historical past by means of posterity when it comes to that means and reminiscence: What prior is worthy remembering, celebrating, debating—but additionally distorting and forgetting? The chapters of the publication deal with phenomena akin to ideology, terror, secular faith, museum shows, and denial.