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Historians have studied the history of the divided Germany. Many of these historians have studied the nuances that appear when comparing the German Democratic Republic and the Federal Republic of Germany. Historians have debated on which of the Cold War era Germanys created the best response to the Nazi past during World War II. Philosopher Sarah Neiman weighs in on the debate and takes her spin on the topic. Her book focuses on the concept that countries like the United States should learn from Germany, as the country has been reconciling its past on a national level, which is something that the United States is not doing. Neiman not only believes that many countries should take note of how Germany is approaching their past and believes that the East German government in the Cold War created a better memory system than West Germany.1 The claim she makes that the German Democratic Republic, which will be referred to as the GDR, created a better response to the Nazi past is flawed. Her work in comparison to other historians misses a mark as it does not recognize fully the memory policies of the German Democratic Republic.


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