Geschichte und Gewinn : der Umgang deutscher Konzerne mit ihrer NS-Vergangenheit / Sebastian Brünger
- Geschichte der Gegenwart ; Band 15
Geschichte der Gegenwart ; Bd. 15.
- Göttingen : Wallstein Verlag, 
Includes bibliographical references (pages 414-447) and index
From the Nuremberg economic processes to the negotiations for forced labor compensation, German corporations have always tried to shape the public image of their Nazi past. Sebastian Brünger is now investigating the continuity and break-up of this process of the past since 1945. He discusses strategies and forms of entrepreneurial past processing in four examples (Bayer, Deutsche Bank, Daimler and Degussa) and analyzes them in the context of the public, politics and science of their respective times. Brünger shows how companies were able to reconcile the changes in the German culture of history, while concrete role models, such as the "decent merchant", continued to carry on and research assignments to historians increasingly become an important image factor. In this way, Brünger expands the memory-historical perspective on the German culture of history by the dimension of the company's history and comprehends companies as actors of cultural memory.
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