Studien zu Jean Amérys politischem Ethos nach Auschwitz
Positionsbestimmungen gegenüber Vergangenheit und Gegenwart – Jean Améry und Horst Krüger
Abstract: The majority of Jean Amérys essays were broadcasted as radioessays before being published in print. A young generation of critical, left-wing editorial journalists working for several public radio stations, among them Helmut Heißenbüttel, Manfred Franke and Horst Krüger, contributed to Améry’s recognition in the German public by broadcasting his essays and being convinced of the Germans’ need for what he had to say. Exerting themselves for the process of coming to terms with their past during World War II, they recognized the importance of Améry’s demand addressed to the Germans to accept their own role within the Nazi-regime as a morally negative heritage to, at least, neutralize the everlasting and unbridgeable gap between the Jewish victims and the German offenders. In this article, Ulrike Schneider explores Améry’s relationship to one of the most interesting mediators between himself and the German public: Horst Krüger who, like Helmut Heißenbüttel, was not only a journalist, but an author of German remembrance literature himself. In her article, Schneider explores the difficulties of the relationship between the German and the German-Jewish author. She shows that although Krüger closely constructed his own memory of the Nazi-period, carefully weighing the indebtedness of German authors to the Jewish memory, he still found it hard to admit his active role within the Nazi regime as a „Wehrmacht“ soldier assigning to himself the position of one of Hitler’s victims in the nineteen-sixties. Whereas Améry does...
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