Censoring history: citizenship and memory in Japan, Germany, by Laura Elizabeth Hein, Mark Selden

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They also see this issue as a way to gain concessions from Japan. S. alliance as Japan’s main foreign policy, the demise of the Cold War logic in which anti-Communism trumped all other concerns means that pressure on Japanese to repudiate their colonial and wartime past will only grow. The United States has not yet had to respond to sustained foreign criticism for its conduct during any of its many twentieth-century wars. It has not even had to acknowledge the importance of its Allies, especially the USSR, in winning World War II.

Anti-Semitism was first pursued legally—for example, a 1935 law, discussed in this image, deprived German Jews of legal rights and another law named the swastika as the national symbol. But some worried that introducing Nazism to a new generation, even to critique it, could serve to justify it. Friedemann Bedurftig and Dieter Kalenbach, Hitler (Hamburg: Carlsen Verlag GmbH, 1992). Used by permission. tory benefits, and an end to discriminatory practices against women and ethnic minorities have transformed nationalist narratives since World War II in many parts of the globe.

Used by permission. 12 Attention to these different forms of war remembrance raises two different cautions about the argument we make here. First, the contrast between Japanese and German remembrance of World War II is greater in policy toward textbooks than in some other areas. For example, the plans for two memorials to the war in Berlin and Tokyo, both opened in the 1990s, show similar strategies for remembering the war. Both memorials discourage self-criticism and deflect attention away from German or Japanese responsibility for the war.

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