Haunted City

Nuremberg and the Nazi Past

Neil Gregor

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Nuremberg—a city associated with Nazi excesses, party rallies, and the extreme anti-Semitic propaganda published by Hitler ally Julius Streicher—has struggled since the Second World War to come to terms with the material and moral legacies of Nazism. This book explores how the Nuremberg community has confronted the implications of the genocide in which it participated, while also dealing with the appalling suffering of ordinary German citizens during and after the war. Neil Gregor’s compelling account of the painful process of remembering and acknowledging the Holocaust offers new insights into postwar memory in Germany and how it has operated.


Gregor takes a novel approach to the theme of memory, commemoration, and remembrance, and he proposes a highly nuanced explanation for the failure of Germans to face up to the Holocaust for years after the war. His book makes a major contribution to the social and cultural history of Germany.

Neil Gregor is reader in modern German history, University of Southampton, and author of the prize-winning Daimler-Benz in the Third Reich, published by Yale University Press. He lives in Southampton, UK.

"In this meticulously researched and elegantly written book, Neil Gregor has set a new benchmark in the voluminous literature on Germany's 'coming to terms with the past'. Haunted City is a study of rare sensitivity that evocatively traces the challenges for ethics in times of trauma." - Dirk Moses, author of German Intellectuals and the Nazi Past

"Keen insight and observation mark this cultural history. . . . Gregor's layered understanding of the time's cultural and social problems serves readers well throughout. . . . Gregor deftly accounts for the forces of anger, remembrance and reconciliation. Well-researched and devoid of cliché, this is a successful . . . cultural history."—Publishers Weekly

“Neil Gregor [uses] Nuremburg as a case study to examine the complex way in which post-war German society has dealt with the fraught issues of memory, victimhood and guilt. The result is a fascinating glimpse into the dark recesses of the German psyche … Gregor is a thoughtful, sure-footed guide, relying on solid archival research, marshalling his facts well and remaining cogent in his arguments … Haunted City … [is] an important book.” - Roger Moorhouse, Independent on Sunday

“… a meticulously researched … compelling account … Haunted City is a study of rare perceptiveness, one that offers a nuanced analysis of how post-war German attitudes towards the darkest chapter in their national history changed over time … an excellent study that is both scholarly and, ultimately, even uplifting." - Robert Gewarth, Irish Times

‘[Gregor] launches his subtle analysis, based largely on the resources of the city’s own archives, with two sections of essential contextualization…this is a volume in which author and publisher have done each other proud.’

"Haunted City [ist] ein gelungenes Porträt der einstigen Hochburg nationalsozialistischer Parteipolitik und Auffangort vieler Flüchtlinge nach dem Ende des Dritten Reiches."—Roxane Riegler, German Studies Review

"Neil Gregor's impressive new book is a welcome addition to a growing body of local studies on the German confrontation with the Nazi past. . . . Gregor deals masterfully with the material he presents. . . . Haunted City is a splendid work that enriches our understanding of how a city deeply implicated in the Third Reich's criminality began the tortuous process of confronting the truth of its actions." —Gavriel D. Rosenfeld, Central European History

"Among the best of these case studies with its social history approach and dense base of archival material. . . . Gregor's two-pronged approach of examining the memory politics of social groups defined by their historical experience on the one hand, and by the texts generated by retrospective events on the other, offers a model of how we can examine concretely the workings of rather nebulous group memories at the local level."—Harold Marcuse, American Historical Review

"The book is eloquently written, highly readable, and persuasively argued."--Edith Raim, Holocaust and Genocide Studies

"[Haunted City] marks a milestone in the post-war historiography of Nuremberg...This excellent work belongs in the library of anyone who intends to deal seriously with all post-war history, not only that of Nuremberg."--Hartmut Frommer, Mitteilungen des Vereins für Geschichte der Stadt Nürnberg 
ISBN: 9780300101072
Publication Date: January 27, 2009
336 pages, 234 x 156
16 b/w