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More Reconciliation than Truth

David Blackbourn: Germany’s Postwar Amnesties, 31 October 2002

Adenauer’s Germany and the Nazi Past: The Politics of Amnesty and Integration 
by Norbert Frei, translated by Joel Golb.
Columbia, 479 pp., £24.50, September 2002, 0 231 11882 1
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... prisoners’, ‘verbal chastity’ (isn’t that what Jimmy Carter failed to practise?). Joel Golb mangles church and state even-handedly. He gives us ‘bishoply words’, ‘churchly shepherds’ and ‘shepherding clerics’, not to forget the ‘Holy Sea’; he also has his politicians making public ‘pro-nunciations’, and turns the ...

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