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The Politics of Repressed Guilt: The Tragedy of Austrian Silence

Claudia Leeb


Through a critical appropriation of Hannah Arendt, and a more sympathetic engagement with Theodor W. Adorno and psychoanalysis, this book develops a new theoretical approach to understanding Austrians’ repression of their collaboration with National Socialist Germany. Drawing on original, extensive archival research, from court documents on Nazi perpetrators to public controversies on theater plays and museums, the book exposes the defensive mechanisms Austrians have used to repress individual and collective political guilt, which led to their failure to work through their past. It exposes the ... More

Keywords: Austria, Democracy, Guilt, individual guilt, collective political guilt, Hannah Arendt, Psychoanalysis, Theodor W. Adorno, National Socialism, Nazi, Politics, repression

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781474413244
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474413244.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Claudia Leeb, author
Washington State University