Helmut Walser Smith
By Helmut Walser Smith
It takes a village to create a nation’s memory
In the early postwar years in the German town of Warendorf, no one contributed as much to facing the difficult past as Hugo Spiegel. He was not a learned man. He was Jewish, however. And his story tells us something important about how German communities confronted their history. The central insight is that a country…
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