On the basis of "memory conflicts" since the Second World War, key events in European history are examined with regard to their literary and cinematic representation and "memory cultures" are questioned.
The transnational memory space "Europe" is a contested field that is determined by heterogeneous historical experiences and competing historical images. How to deal with these "conflicts of memory" is a central question in the discussion about the identity of the "new Europe".
In this volume, scholars from various disciplines use the example of key historical events in European history since the Second World War to examine how they are represented in literature and film and ask about the difficulties and possibilities of "common" remembrance. A plea for a new quality in dealing with European cultures of remembrance.