The German reunification of 1990 in many ways seemed to indicate a symbolic break with World War II and its continued political significance for the German state. If the division of Germany had served as a symbol for the aftermath of the Nazis’ unprecedented destructive war and as an indication of the Allies’ fears in 1945 that Germany would continue to pose a military and political threat in Europe (and that a profound punishment was in order), reunification seemed to mean the opposite. It served as the acknowledgment by Germany and the rest of the world that the nation had finally left its Sonderweg and that it had proven itself to be a democratic country like any other in Europe.1


Concentration Camp Jewish Identity Happy Ending German Reunification German Identity 
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