Mark Almond

Survivors’ Tales

On the Natural History of Destruction

By

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IN THE YEARS that immediately followed the Second World War, West German society shrouded the Holocaust in silence. Nazi mass murder was the shadow which hung over the Federal Republic as it progressed fiom wartime ruin to economic miracle. But well before reunification in 1990, the media. universities and schools had undone the self-induced amnesia of the postwar generation with such blanket coverage of Nazi crimes that exposure to them became routine.

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