Ideology and collective memory of the radical right in Germany, 1949-2000

Beginn des Projektes: October 2021

Associated Postdoc project
Part of the project "The Radical Right in Germany, 1945-2000"

The research project examines how the ideology of the radical right developed in the Federal Republic. Where were there continuities, which terms and concepts changed fundamentally? Against the background of democratization and liberalization as a space of experience for younger age cohorts, the change - and the standstill - in collective orientations will be tapped.

Which programmatic texts of the radical right show a change from the "experience generation" to the "confession generation" in the reference to National Socialism and the relationship to the Federal Republic? The study analyzes key periodicals spanning several decades, as well as unpublished sources such as correspondence between radical right-wing actors and speeches on commemoration days.

Although west-German publishers of radical right-wing magazines and books were monitored by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, they were able to establish a relatively stable counter-public. In contrast, there was no possibility in the GDR to publish radical right-wing positions openly. The question here is how, beyond the socialist "public sphere," individuals and groups were able to connect with radical right-wing discourse and which channels of communication could be used.

To project website: https://projekt.radikale-rechte.de/

Dr. Marie Müller-Zetzsche

Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History
Am Neuen Markt 1
14467 Potsdam

Office: Am Neuen Markt 1, Room 1.17

E-Mail: mueller-zetzsche [at] uni-potsdam.de

Forschung

Ideology and collective memory of the radical right in Germany, 1949-2000

Beginn des Projektes: October 2021

Associated Postdoc project
Part of the project "The Radical Right in Germany, 1945-2000"

The research project examines how the ideology of the radical right developed in the Federal Republic. Where were there continuities, which terms and concepts changed fundamentally? Against the background of democratization and liberalization as a space of experience for younger age cohorts, the change - and the standstill - in collective orientations will be tapped.

Which programmatic texts of the radical right show a change from the "experience generation" to the "confession generation" in the reference to National Socialism and the relationship to the Federal Republic? The study analyzes key periodicals spanning several decades, as well as unpublished sources such as correspondence between radical right-wing actors and speeches on commemoration days.

Although west-German publishers of radical right-wing magazines and books were monitored by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, they were able to establish a relatively stable counter-public. In contrast, there was no possibility in the GDR to publish radical right-wing positions openly. The question here is how, beyond the socialist "public sphere," individuals and groups were able to connect with radical right-wing discourse and which channels of communication could be used.

To project website: https://projekt.radikale-rechte.de/

Dr. Marie Müller-Zetzsche

Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History
Am Neuen Markt 1
14467 Potsdam

Office: Am Neuen Markt 1, Room 1.17

E-Mail: mueller-zetzsche [at] uni-potsdam.de

Forschung