Perspektiven für das Fach Deutsch als Fremdsprache
Normative Vergangenheit. Die deutsche NS-Erinnerung als Desiderat landeskundlich-kulturwissenschaftlicher Forschung im Fach Deutsch als Fremdsprache
Abstract: Following Karl-Heinz Bohrers concept of ‘Erinnerungslosigkeit’, the article first develops the thesis of a special German relationship with the past which is characterized by the dominance of a historical ‘Naherinnerung’ of National Socialism and Holocaust. Their particular relevance for the present is also featured, this being modeled in terms of a reversal of specifically Nazi norms and reflects current German realities. Based on this thesis the article explores a problematic reflection deficit in memory-related regional studies research with particular application to the field of German as a Foreign Language. This is in terms of more fundamental questions of German memory history, and it also suggests a stronger regional studies focus on National Socialism and the Holocaust. Finally, the article illustrates the thesis of the negative normativity of Nazi memory with six architectural examples in which each instance of Nazi architecture is contrasted with a comparable example of architecture of the German Federal Republic.
1. Deutschland – ein normales Land?
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