Berthold Molden

‘Der Diamant, den der Weihnachtsmann der Rechten brachte…’

Die guatemaltekische Friedensnobelpreisträgerin und Maya-Aktivistin Rigoberta Menchú habe in ihren vielfach übersetzten und millionenfach verkauften Erinnerungen nicht nur ihre eigene Lebensgeschichte verändert, sondern vor allem ein falsches, von links-revolutionären Ideen getragenes Geschichtsbild verbreitet.
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Remember the past… But how and why?
Guatemala’s Post War Debates over Narrative Authority as a Case of Renegotiating Historical Responsibility and Political Rights

A phrase heard at countless public discussions in Guatemala and that appears in introductions to political manifestos or popular scientific papers goes like this: ”What has happened may not be forgotten so that it will never happen again!” With “what has happened” the speaker or author addresses the Civil War (or Internal Armed Conflict, as it is often called in Guatemala) that has taken 200,000 lives and made over one million people homeless during the thirty-six years it lasted….
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