Fraught with blind spots

by Lorenzo Piccoli

On yesterday’s printed copy of La Repubblica, Barbara Spinelli, a well-known journalist and the daughter of Altiero, reflects on the role of Germany in Europe. What I found most interesting is her position on German political memory which, she argues, is fraught with blind spots. People in Germany, for example, remember very clearly inflation under Weimar, but they tend to forget the deflation and the austerity under Chancellor Brüning (1930 to 1932), which paved the way for Adolf Hitler’s electoral success. Similarly, people remember very well National Socialism but forget what came after it: the reduction of German debt, generously granted by 65 states including Greece in May 1953.