Rehabilitation of Hitler’s “traitors”

German and Spanish approaches to rehabilitation of what may or may not have been anti-fascists.

The motivation is the same in Germany as in Spain–an attempt by the post-Stalinist left to tar and feather the bourgeois establishment as closet Nazis–but the contrast between the troubled, selective German initiative and the successful Spanish “rehabilitate them all” approach is interesting and reflects I think the weakness of Spanish politics.

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  1. Keywords: historical memory. Here’s Spiegel. Perhaps the most important criticism from those with no nostalgia for the dictatorship is that they’re rehabilitating the bathwater with the baby: those who were shot or imprisoned for what we would now call war crimes alongside those whose only offence was opposition to the new regime. The saga of Justo Bueno is a hilarious example of the problems generated by this approach.

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