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Publication: Final strokes and local memory cultures. The “second history” of the southwest German subcamps of Natzweiler concentration camp since 1945


Posted on 20 August 2020

We congratulate our first chairman, Dr. Marco Brenneisen, on his published dissertation, which has been published in the series of the Landeszentrale für politische Bildung Baden-Württemberg (LpB).To the content of the work:

The dissertation of the historian Dr. Marco Brenneisen contains a comprehensive presentation of the “second history” of the southwest-defining subcamps of Natzweiler Concentration Camp (Alsace). It examines how these places of terror were dealt with after the end of the war – in social, political, administrative and historiographical terms.

Between 1943 and 1945 there were at least forty concentration camps on the territory of the present-day states of Baden-Württemberg, Hesse and Rhineland-Palatinate, which were assigned to Natzweiler Concentration Camp in Alsace. The book comprehensively and in great detail traces phases and caesuras of reappraisal and remembrance from the occupation period until 2015, also taking into account conflicts at local and regional level. The synopsis of the various local cultures of remembrance creates a differentiated picture that also contributes to a better understanding of today’s memorial landscape in Baden-Württemberg.

The book can be ordered in the webshop of the Landeszentrale für politische Bildung Baden-Württemberg (LpB) at a price of 6,50 EUR plus 3,- EUR shipping (www.lpb-bw.de/shop).