Prof. Dr. Jacob Eder’s monograph “Holocaust Angst: The Federal Republic of Germany and American Holocaust Memory since the 1970s” was published in German on June 1, 2020 by Wallstein Verlag.
In his study, Eder explores how German politics perceived and reacted to how American politics, culture and society commemorated the Holocaust since the 1970s. On the basis of sources made accessible for the first time, Eder shows that Chancellor Helmut Kohl and a network of mostly conservative West German officials and their associates regarded the increasing preoccupation of Americans with the Holocaust as a threat to their political interests and reputation of the Federal Republic. Bonn, therefore, attempted to influence the discourse in the USA and to counter it with a positive image of Germany. In the course of the 1990s, West German decision-makers realized that it was impossible to control how foreign countries dealt with the Holocaust – and how important it is to make a clear commitment to historical responsibility.
Prof. Dr. Jacob Eder teaches history at the Barenboim-Said Akademie. For the English edition of the present book he received, among others, the Fraenkel Prize of the Wiener Library. He is the co-editor of “Holocaust Memory in a Globalizing World” (Göttingen 2017).
More information (in German) can be found here.