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Contesting German Memory Culture

Jennifer Evans curated a series of articles in the New Fascism Syllabus (NFS), responding to a piece by historian Dirk Moses in the Swiss history journal “Geschichte der Gegenwart” [Contemporary History]. In “The German Catechism,” Moses (UNC-Chapel Hill) argued that it was time to abandon the catechism according to which it was heresy to compare the Holocaust to other genocides (which Moses claimed was the moral foundation of the Federal Republic). His article sparked a very spirited discussion. “The Catechism Debate” reached more than 36,000 impressions and attracted media attention in Germany, with further coverage in the country’s major newspapers. RevDem editor Ferenc Laczo talks about this debate with Jennifer Evans, who was one of its animators.

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