However, the difference between now and 60 years ago is that today, the United States has strong economic and military alliances with both Germany and Japan. Does this relationship make it easier for Germany to reconcile its Nazi past? Have alliances with the United States made it impossible for Japan to deal with its imperialist history?
Two UC Santa Barbara professors, Harold Marcuse, of history, and Sabine Frühstück, of East Asian languages and cultural studies
Marcuse, a specialist on post-1945 Germany, will discuss how the Germans used resistance, myths and other tactics to avoid confronting the Nazi past. Frühstück will detail Japan's denial of its critical roles in World War II.
A social will take place prior to the program at 5:15 p.m. For reservations, contact the UCSB Office of Community Relations, (805) 893-4388.