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Vierteljahrshefte für Zeitgeschichte

Ed. by Altrichter, Helmut / Möller, Horst / Szöllösi-Janze, Margit / Wirsching, Andreas

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Volume 65, Issue 1 (Jan 2017)

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Parlamentarische Kontinuitätsstudien zur NS-Zeit

Methodische Potenziale und Grenzen am Beispiel des Falls Schleswig-Holstein

Uwe Danker
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Published Online: 2017-01-17 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/vfzg-2017-0004

Deutsche Einleitung

Die Aufarbeitung der NS-Vergangenheit von Institutionen, Ämtern und Behörden hat Konjunktur. Es gibt kaum ein Bundesministerium, das etwas auf sich hält und kein entsprechendes Projekt auf den Weg gebracht hätte. Parlamentarische Körperschaften sind dagegen weit zurückhaltender; bislang liegen kaum einschlägige Untersuchungen vor. Erste Ergebnisse einer umfassenden Untersuchung zu den Landtagsabgeordneten und Regierungsmitgliedern Schleswig-Holsteins präsentiert nun Uwe Danker, der neue Wege zur Verknüpfung quantitativer und qualitativer Methoden vorstellt, die Konturen des vergangenheitspolitischen Sonderfalls im Norden der Republik nachzeichnet und zu differenzierten Einsichten zum Verhältnis von NS-Erfahrung und politischem Handeln nach 1945 kommt.

English Abstract

The article presents the approach and the central results of a current study on personal and structural continuities in the Parliament of Schleswig-Holstein after 1945. Unlike studies of other institutions which exhibit strong homogeneity on the professional and social level, studies of parliamentary bodies have to presuppose a high degree of heterogeneity among the parliamentarians. Research questions thus have to be formulated differently. Methodologically the investigation strikes a middle course between a mere listing of researched memberships and full biographies. The article puts a two-tier model with five “basic orientations” up for discussion, in which the members of the research group describe generalised positions towards life (and survival) during National Socialism. The derived “types” represent the core of individual roles during the Nazi period. In this manner the profile of Schleswig-Holstein can be described with a much higher degree of differentiation and finer contours than achieved in previous studies of parliamentary bodies. In comparison with other German states, Schleswig-Holstein appears as a special case with a high degree of formal entanglements. Content analysis connects biographies with individual political actions on how to deal with the past: Even in this politically pertinent field, the previous biography of parliamentarians was only one factor among many affecting decisions, proclamations and contributions to debates. Popular presuppositions about correlations on this level lead astray.

Keywords: Politics of memory; Schleswig-Holstein; Landtag / State Parliament; Entanglement with the Nazi Past; Historical Reappraisal; State government

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Published Online: 2017-01-17

Published in Print: 2017-01-26



Citation Information: Vierteljahrshefte für Zeitgeschichte, ISSN (Online) 2196-7121, ISSN (Print) 0042-5702, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/vfzg-2017-0004. Export Citation

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