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Part 4 Fictional Imaginaries Ingo Cornils Utopian Moments: Memory Culture and Cultural Memory of the German Student Movement Introduction For the historian Jay Winter, ‘1968’ represents a key moment in the twen- tieth century when what he terms ‘minor utopians’ ‘succeeded in putting the notion of liberation of many different kinds in the minds of millions of their contemporaries’.1 Whilst conceding that their immediate achieve- ments were meager or nonexistent, he argues that their visions of an alter- native reality precipitated ‘a series of moments of possibility, of openings, of hopes and dreams rarely realized, but rarely forgotten as well’.2 Judging from recent publications, the German Student Movement continues to represent ‘unfinished business’, precisely because the utopian moment, in a very German and Faustian sense, did not last. At the Leipzig book fair in the spring of 2008, the theme of ‘1968’ dominated the headlines. Every publisher, large or small, had at least one book in their catalogue3 1 Jay Winter, Dreams of Peace and Freedom. Utopian Moments in the 20th Century (New Haven: Yale University Press 2006), 151. 2 J. Winter, 2. 3 Most notable: Norbert Frei, 1968. Jugendrevolte und globaler Protest (München: dtv 2008); Reinhard Mohr, Der diskrete Charme der Rebellion. Ein Leben mit den 68ern (Berlin: WJS-Verlag 2008); Götz Aly, Unser Kampf. 1968 – ein irritierter Blick zurück (Frankfurt: Fischer 2008); Albrecht von Lucke, 68 oder neues Biedermeier. Der Kampf um die Deutungsmacht (Berlin: Wagenbach 2008); Daniel Cohn-Bendit / Rüdiger Dammann (eds), 1968. Die...
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