Magazine
Latest Issue

How can nations atone for their sins?

Germany has come to terms with its past. Why can't Russia?

Finding redemption from within: German Chancellor Willy Brandt kneels in front of a war memorial in the former Jewish ghetto of Warsaw in 1970. Photo: Finding redemption from within: German Chancellor Willy Brandt kneels in front of a war memorial in the former Jewish ghetto of Warsaw in 1970

What is the ideal approach for a nation confronting its historical crimes? In dealing with historical guilt, are nations better off working to become “normal,” or should they strive to be “exceptional”? 

In Britain, historians attempting to critique the legacy of the empire or its role in slavery—as opposed to its abolition—have set off furious debates, which in recent weeks have…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to letters@prospect-magazine.co.uk

More From Prospect