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Footnote to @TimothyDSnyder on #German responsibility for #Ukraine


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Footnote to the Deutscher Bundestag lecture “Germany’s Historical Responsibility for Ukraine” organized by Marieluise Beck for the Bündnis 90/Die Grünen Bundestagsfraktion on 20 June 2017, at Berlin. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTJwCCAF2lA&t=17s
Excellent that Professor Timothy Snyder (Yale University & IWM – Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen) is finally raising these important issues for German memory politics, at this – by itself, arguably historical – event in the Berlin Bundestag. When I tried, in early 2013, to make a similar argument in an article called “Germany’s Ukrainian Obligation,” I could not find a German outlet for that. After months of silence and various rejections by German editorial boards, finally, an obscure Berlin anti-racism journal published a small excerpt of my piece. See: “Die ukrainische Verpflichtung Deutschlands,” ZAG – Antirassistische Zeitschrift, no. 63 (2013), pp. 10-11. https://www.academia.edu/3639945/Die_ukrainische_Verpflichtung_Deutschlands .
A different version of this argument had already appeared, in 2012, as part of a longer paper that I could only publish in a German journal of which I am myself a co-editor and which is published by the Zentralinstitut für Mittel- und Osteuropastudien Eichstätt of which I am a member (not my preferred way to publish a text first). See: “Die heutige deutsche Ukrainepolitik in ihrem zeithistorischen und geostrategischen Kontext: Erwägungen zu einer Neuorientierung des Engagements Berlins im östlichen Europa,” Forum für osteuropäische Ideen- und Zeitgeschichte, vol. 16, no. 2 (2012), pp. 231-266. https://www.academia.edu/2922247/Die_heutige_deutsche_Ukrainepolitik_in_ihrem_zeithistorischen_und_geostrategischen_Kontext_Erw%C3%A4gungen_zu_einer_Neuorientierung_des_Engagements_Berlins_im_%C3%B6stlichen_Europa .
Some reasons, facets and repercussion of Germany’s continuing ignorance about Ukraine were listed briefly in this 2012 essay: “Weißer Fleck: Die Ukraine in der deutschen Öffentlichkeit,” Zeitschrift Osteuropa, vol. 62, no. 9 (2012), pp. 127-133. https://www.academia.edu/2068774/Wei%C3%9Fer_Fleck_Die_Ukraine_in_der_deutschen_%C3%96ffentlichkeit . Unfortunately, much of this critique from five years ago remains valid to date.

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