On September 19, 1946, Winston Churchill urged former opponents to perform a “blessed act of oblivion.” In spite of this urging, nation states immediately after World War II made great efforts to document and punish the crimes of the former regime. Hungary was no exception.
Regina Fritz looks at Hungary’s confrontation with the Holocaust from 1944–45 to the end of the century: how and for what reason was part of this history used, reinterpreted, and ultimately increasingly taboo? The case of Hungary clearly shows the political motivation behind the rewriting of history after 1945 and the degree to which it was controlled by political actors. She puts this historical memory in an international context and looks at how international processes impacted on the situation within Hungary.
Regina Fritz, born 1980, researcher in the pubishing project “Judenverfolgung 1933–1945” (Institute of Contemporary History, Munich-Berlin). Publications include “Nationen und ihre Selbstbilder. Postdiktatorische Gesellschaften in Europa” (2008, with Carola Sachse and Edgar Wolfrum); “Politische Gewalt und Machtausübung im 20. Jahrhundert. Zeitgeschichte, Zeitgeschehen und Kontroversen” (2011, with Heinrich Berger, Melanie Dejnega, and Alexander Prenninger)
Regina Fritz “Nach Krieg und Judenmord Ungarns Geschichtspolitik seit 1944 Diktaturen und ihre Überwindung im 20. und 21. Jahrhundert” (eds. Von Carola Sachse and Edgar Wolfrum), vol. 7, 360 p., paperback; €35.90, ISBN 978-3-8353-1058-2
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