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Repressed, Remitted, Rejected
German Reparations Debts to Poland and Greece
Karl Heinz Roth in association with Hartmut Rübner
Translated by Ben Lewis
442 pages, 15 tables, online appendix, bibliog.
ISBN 978-1-80073-257-5 $179.00/£132.00 / Hb / Published (December 2021)
eISBN 978-1-80073-258-2 eBook
Since unification, the Federal Republic of Germany has made vaunted efforts to make amends for the crimes of the Third Reich. Yet it remains the case that the demands for restitution by many countries that were occupied during the Second World War are unresolved, and recent demands from Greece and Poland have only reignited old debates. This book reconstructs the German occupation of Poland and Greece and gives a thorough accounting of these debates. Working from the perspective of international law, it deepens the scholarly discourse around the issue, clarifying the ‘never-ending story’ of German reparations policy and making a principled call for further action.
A compilation of primary sources comprising 125 annotated key texts (512 pages) on the complexity of reparations discussions covering the period between 1941 and the end of 2017 is available for free on the Berghahn Books website, doi: 10.3167/9781800732575.dd.
Dr. Karl Heinz Roth is a historian (Ph.D., University of Bremen) and physician (M.D., University of Hamburg). In 1986 he co-founded the Stiftung für Sozialgeschichte des 20. Jahrhunderts and established its research and archives departments. He has published widely in articles and books on the histories of labour, business, economics, society and science.
Hartmut Rübner (Ph.D., University of Bremen) is a political scientist and Research Fellow for the Stiftung für Sozialgeschichte des 20. Jahrhunderts. He has written books on the social and economic history of the Weimar Republic, the Nazi dictatorship and on the New Left.
Compilation of Primary Sources, prepared by Harmut Rübner This documentation comprises 125 annotated key texts on the complexity of reparations discussions covering the period between 1941 and the end of 2017. Usually, the documents produced on the German side during the war conceal cynically the machinations of the occupation. In the post-war period, on the other hand, the German side mostly evaded the issue of guilt in a veiled form in order to avert claims for reparations. Such avoidance strategies would be less obvious in a translation. For this reason, the documents of German provenance are not translated. In contrast, however, a number of original English-language documents are presented that reflect the reparations issue from the perspective of the victims. https://doi.org/10.3167/9781800732575.dd
Subject: History: World War II History: 20th Century to Present
Area: Central/Eastern Europe Germany
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