Dr Frank Brunssen has just published an article that investigates how the Germans have been trying since the Second World War to come to terms with the linguistic legacy of the Third Reich.
Even more than sixty years on, there is still no consensus among present day Germans on how to deal with contaminated words and phrases inherited from the National Socialist dictatorship.
Dr Brunssen is the SOCLAS Director of the Year Abroad. His research focuses on contemporary German literature and history, with a particular specialism on Nobel Prize-winner Günter Grass. He is currently working on the significance of ‘moralische Instanzen’ or ‘moral authorities’ in recent German history.
Frank Brunssen, ‘Jedem das Seine’: Zum Umgang mit nationalsozialistisch belasteten Wörtern und Wendungen in Deutschland seit 1945’, Oxford German Studies 39 (2010), 290-311.