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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.

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105 As a result, a full year later, more than four hundred Swedish historians and social scientists had undersigned a petition against “state campaign history,” published in the biggest Swedish daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter. It is true that criticism was generally directed against political involvement in what obviously was perceived as a scholarly prerogative of producing and mediating history, but in reality, the indignation was caused by the decision to focus on a certain historical contents that was judged inappropriate, on Communist crimes.

103 The precariousness of the Holocaust topic in the east must also be seen in the light of these painful histories, and of a certain disinclination to publicly expose them. To this explanation must, however, be added that history commissions in east European states actually have dealt with both Communist and Nazi crime histories. They have either been kept together in one commission’s work, as in Estonia and Latvia, or in two separate commissions, as in Romania. As far as can be seen, there are no evident tendencies of making one terror history less evil than the other in the Baltic commission works.

It means that Stalinist Communism must be followed back into its Leninist origins. In the comparative perspective, the Leninist period until 1924 must be analyzed as an integrated, even formative period, since the ideological, institutional, and politico-cultural continuity from Lenin’s to Stalin’s era is conspicuous. ” 50 Consequently, the Soviet Communist regime under Stalin was part and parcel of a historical totality which span the entire period from the Bolsheviks’ coup d’état in November 1917 to the dissolution of the Soviet Union in late 1991.

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