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GHIL Lecture

Barbara Manthe

Writing a History of Right-Wing Terrorism in Post-WWII Germany

Chances, Challenges, and the Need for New Narratives

Summer Lecture Series

15 June 2021

(0:35 h)



GHIL Lecture

Barbara Manthe

Writing a History of Right-Wing Terrorism in Post-WWII Germany
Chances, Challenges, and the Need for New Narratives

Although right-wing terrorism has been a highly relevant issue to German society in recent years, there is still surprisingly little knowledge about its history. This observation applies not only to the general public and the media, but also to historians, who have only recently begun to fill this gap. This lecture examines interpretations of right-wing terrorism in Germany after the Second World War. How do they relate to the master narratives of the Federal Republic and how are they entangled with interpretations of National Socialism? What current challenges do historians face in seeking new narratives of right-wing terrorism, and to what extent are these narratives contested by existing legends and speculations?

Barbara Manthe is a Research Fellow at the University of Bielefeld and an expert on the history of radical right-wing terrorism and violence in the Federal Republic of Germany since 1945.