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Germany’s final taboo?

Germany's anti-war mood has been reinforced by a bestseller about German suffering in allied bombing raids. But that's nothing new

By Reiner Luyken   March 2003

Book: Der Brand Author: J?rg Friedrich Price: Propyl?en, 25 euros

The German language differentiates between Zeitgeschichte and Geschichte?modern history and history proper- although nobody quite knows when the one slips into the other. When I went to school in Munich in the 1960s, history teaching stopped in 1933. By this calculation the second world war should by now be safely in the past, but it keeps popping up as Zeitgeschichte.

Last November, the mass-market tabloid ‘Bild’ serialised a book by the historian J?rg Friedrich, ‘Der Brand’, probably best translated as ‘The Blaze’, that gives “powerful and spectacular expression to the…

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