Hermeneutische confrontaties | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 131, Issue 4
  • ISSN: 0040-7518
  • E-ISSN: 2352-1163



The reissue by the Institut für Zeitgeschichte (Munich/Berlin) of caused a short but heated international debate. This new confrontation with Adolf Hitler’s text was a hermeneutical challenge for the publishers, a work in which so many historical layers of meaning, such as the original context or the hagiographical position between 1933 and 1945, were present. A conventional and neutral historical edition was an impossible goal. The scientific edition had to navigate between source criticism, textual criticism, and ideological criticism. The choice was made for a normative hermeneutic in which Hitler’s arguments were contradicted as much as possible, but combined with a profound source and text criticism. This ‘critical edition’ is a great achievement of contemporary historical science in Germany. It can also be seen as the conclusion of a long cycle of in Germany.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): antisemitism; hermeneutics; historical debate; national socialism; source critique
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