Haunted City Nuremberg and the Nazi Past Neil Gregor

Publication date:
07 Nov 2008
Yale University Press
336 pages: 3962 x 5944mm
16 b-w
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Nuremberg—a city associated with Nazi excesses, party rallies, and the extreme anti-Semitic propaganda published by Hitler ally Julius Streicher—has struggled since the Second World War to come to terms with the material and moral legacies of Nazism. This book explores how the Nuremberg community has confronted the implications of the genocide in which it participated, while also dealing with the appalling suffering of ordinary German citizens during and after the war. Neil Gregor’s compelling account of the painful process of remembering and acknowledging the Holocaust offers new insights into postwar memory in Germany and how it has operated.


Gregor takes a novel approach to the theme of memory, commemoration, and remembrance, and he proposes a highly nuanced explanation for the failure of Germans to face up to the Holocaust for years after the war. His book makes a major contribution to the social and cultural history of Germany.

Neil Gregor is reader in modern German history, University of Southampton, and author of the prize-winning Daimler-Benz in the Third Reich, published by Yale University Press. He lives in Southampton, UK.

"One can never have too much of the kind of scholarly accomplishment here displayed."  -Michael Biddiss, History

"Haunted City is a splendid work." -Gavriel Rosenfeld, Central European History

"Gregor’s work convinces from start to finish" -H-Soz-und-Kult

"An important book" -Roger Moorhouse, The Independent

"An excellent study that is both scholarly and, ultimately, even uplifting" -Robert Gerwarth, Irish Times

"Indispensable reading." -Booklist

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"Absorbing and thought-provoking… [an] intellectually sophisticated and absorbing account" -Richard Overy, Literary Review

"A coherent, comprehensive, and inspiring piece of work" -Christiane Wienand, German Historical Institute Bulletin

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