Christopher Molnar, University of Michigan-Flint | Newberry

Christopher Molnar, University of Michigan-Flint

Friday, January 21, 2022

3-4:30 pm CST

Virtual seminar, register for link

German Studies Seminar

Asylum Seekers, Antiforeigner Violence, and Coming to Terms with the Past after German Reunification, Christopher Molnar, University of Michigan-Flint

In the early 1990s, more asylum seekers entered Germany than at any previous time in its history, sparking a wave of antiforeigner violence. In the midst of this crisis, thousands of Germans wrote to their president. Many turned to the experience and memory of World War II in order to explain their attitudes towards asylum seekers and antiforeigner violence. While some letter writers proclaimed “never again,” more marshalled memories of the war to argue that Germany had no responsibility to care for asylum seekers. This research sheds new light on German attitudes towards refugees and memory of World War II.

Cost and Registration Information 

This event is free, but all participants must register in advance and space is limited. To register and request a copy of the pre-circulated paper, click here. Please do not request a paper unless you plan to attend.