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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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...  ‘overtrumped’, ‘take distance’, ‘My Ladies and Gentlemen’, ‘ultimative demands’, ‘war prisoners’, ‘verbal chastity’ (isn’t that what Jimmy Carter failed to practise?). JoelGolb 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 ...

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