German Reunification and the Challenge of Transitional Justice

  • Constantin Goschler
Part of the Asan-Palgrave Macmillan Series book series (APMS)


In the early 1950s, Germans often considered Korea as an example of their possible future, which might lead to a destructive war between East and West. Since 1990, when Germany experienced peaceful reunification instead of the feared Armageddon, that perpective has been reversed: now Germany has become an example for Korea’s potential future. It also has become an object of study for the dynamics, which may lead to reunification, and the difficulties that must be overcome as a consequence of the long-lasting separation of a nation-state. While naturally much attention has been devoted to economic issues, another crucial point has become the matter of coming to terms with the remains of political oppression in the German Democratic Republic (GDR), which—at times in an openly brutal manner and at times with more subtle terror—repressed any real or imagined opposition against the power of the leading communist party.


Criminal Justice German Democratic Republic Transitional Justice Criminal Prosecution German Reunification 
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