Compensating the victims of human rights abuses in the German Democratic Republic: the struggle for recognition

David Clarke

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Abstract

This article examines the evolution of the compensation legislation for victims of human rights abuses in the former German Democratic Republic, and considers the reasons for the continuing dissatisfaction among victims' organisations following the most recent significant revision of the relevant laws in 2007. It charts political debates about adequate compensation for the victims and compares these discourses with the positions of the victims' organisations, demonstrating the ways in which party politics both influenced victims' perception of their own situation and raised expectations of a ‘recognition’ (Axel Honneth) of the victims in German society which has yet to be achieved. The article argues that, despite apparent agreement, the agendas of politicians and victims' organisations were ultimately incompatible.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-33
Number of pages17
JournalGerman Politics
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012

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