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11.   The Revisionist Scholar Ernst Nolte Provokes the Historikerstreit [“Quarrel of the Historians”] (June 6, 1986)
With his attack on the “black and white” treatment of the past, the revisionist historian Ernst Nolte unleashed a fierce controversy about German responsibility....
12.   Social Philosopher Jürgen Habermas on the Meaning of Critical Memory (November 7, 1986)
In this article, the liberal social philosopher Jürgen Habermas attacks the revisionist efforts of conservative intellectuals. He points out that the identity....
13.   Chancellor Kohl Justifies the Creation of a German Historical Museum as a Contribution to National Unity (October 28, 1987)
On the occasion of Berlin's 750th anniversary, Chancellor Helmut Kohl announces the creation of a German Historical Museum in the Western part of the city as....
14.   Erich Honecker Defends the Achievements of Socialism on the 40th Anniversary of the GDR (October 6, 1989)
The fortieth anniversary of the founding of the GDR provided Erich Honecker with an opportunity to celebrate the glorious achievements of socialism (increased....
15.   Survey Shows a Strong Sense of Belonging after Four Decades of Division (October 23, 1989)
Although active hopes for reunification had all but disappeared, the conservative pollster Elisabeth Noelle-Neumann drew on the results of over four decades of research to suggest that there was....
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