The Land of the Perpetrators:

Guilt and Remembrance in Germany Today

Anette Isaacs
Jewish Culture & History / History

Course Description

It has been 80 years since Adolf Hitler started World War II and lured millions of willing Germans on to a path of violence and destruction that led to the ultimate break with civilization. Even today, generations of Germans are still grappling with their country's and, in many cases, their own family's horrible legacy. Simultaneously though, Germany has evolved into a country with a varied and fascinating remembrance culture that is articulated first and foremost in a plethora of moving and thought provoking memorials and works of art. Join German historian, Anette Isaacs, for a fascinating discussion of how the German nation has, over the last seven decades, attempted to cope with the guilt of causing the Holocaust and how this culture of remembrance is being expressed and perceived in her home country today.

About the Instructor

  • Born and raised in Germany, Anette Isaacs, MA received her academic education at Emory University in Atlanta, the University of Vienna, Austria, and the Free University in Berlin and holds Master's Degrees in History, Political Science and American Studies. She now resides in Evanston, IL, and teaches at the Lifelong Learning departments of Oakton College, the College of Lake County, Harper College and McHenry County College where she presents lectures and seminars on 25 different topics pertaining to her home country’s history, culture, politics, and society. (more info on

Upcoming programs presented by Anette Isaacs.

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One-Time WPL01082 Anette Isaacs The Land of the Perpetrators: Guilt and Remembrance in Germany Today
Tuesday, January 8: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm