David Motadel is Associate Professor of History at the London School of Economics and Political Science and currently a Fellow at the Berlin Institute for Advanced Study. He is the author of Islam and Nazi Germany’s War, which was awarded the Fraenkel Prize. (March 2020)
Postwar Germany, where the tragedies of the past are omnipresent, has experienced a series of major public historical controversies. These public renegotiations of the past tell us as much about contemporary German society as about history. The Hohenzollern controversy is not only about the long shadows cast by the Nazi period, but also about the place of the monarchical heritage in today’s democratic Germany.