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Never Again

Germans and Genocide after the Holocaust

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$35.00 • £30.95 • €31.95

ISBN 9780674275225

Publication Date: 05/02/2023


416 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

14 photos

Belknap Press


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A thrilling accomplishment. Ingeniously conceived and intrepidly executed, Never Again explores how German mastery of the Holocaust past proceeded through reflection on foreign atrocities, first in the postcolonial world and then in Europe itself. This is the most important study of memory, politics, and the ongoing construction of public norms written in a long time.—Samuel Moyn, author of Humane: How the United States Abandoned Peace and Reinvented War

Germans, in the communist East, the democratic West, and the reunified nation, cannot deal with atrocities in other countries without being haunted by their own dark history. How they have negotiated these dangerous political challenges, sometimes successfully, sometimes not, is the subject of Port’s fascinating, elegant, subtle, and always fair-minded book.—Ian Buruma, author of The Collaborators: Three Stories of Deception and Survival in World War II

A fascinating, carefully crafted look at how the powerful and dynamic factor of German memory of the Second World War and the Holocaust affected German foreign policy on the genocides in Cambodia, Bosnia, and Rwanda. Port’s nuanced and suggestive analysis also contributes in important ways to our understanding of the making of Berlin’s zigzag policies on Ukraine today.—Norman M. Naimark, author of Stalin and the Fate of Europe: The Postwar Struggle for Sovereignty

This deeply researched book tells the story of how, by embracing human rights and engaging in humanitarian actions, Germany rejoined ‘the community of nations as a peaceful member.’ Port illuminates the highly topical question of how Germany’s past both shapes and constrains its responses to contemporary bloodshed.—M. E. Sarotte, author of Not One Inch: America, Russia, and the Making of Post–Cold War Stalemate

A highly original work, sensitive both to domestic debates and to far broader transnational and international considerations. By exploring how a concern with their own genocidal past informed German reactions to later genocides, Port illuminates not only the German responses to events elsewhere in the world but also the ways in which, in an increasingly mobile and globalizing society, German society was and is itself changing.—Mary Fulbrook, author of Reckonings: Legacies of Nazi Persecution and the Quest for Justice

A brilliant new perspective on postwar German history. Even with hundreds of books written on attempts to cope with the Nazi past, the political consequences of shifting memory culture have seldom been discussed. In exploring how the Holocaust became an argument in German foreign policy, humanitarian aid, and military interventions, Port offers a wealth of insight—not only on Germany, but also on its global context.—Frank Bösch, author of Mass Media and Historical Change: Germany in International Perspective, 1400 to the Present

Fascinating reading. With Russia’s war on Ukraine, Germany faces its biggest crisis yet in its understanding of how the Holocaust and World War II should influence its military policy. Port’s timely book shows that this is not the first time Germans grappled with this issue. Examining earlier debates about the proper response to atrocities in Cambodia, Bosnia, and Rwanda, Never Again provides essential historical context for the contemporary dilemma of how to address Russian aggression.—Hope M. Harrison, author of After the Berlin Wall: Memory and the Making of the New Germany, 1989 to the Present

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