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New history forum : The SPD wants to be a place of debate

The SPD urgently needs to make something good again, and now she is trying at least. An intellectual storm of protest broke out, as the party circles of leadership over the past summer, in addition to other work and commissions of their Historical Commission (HiKo) took off, because they were multiple choice low simple money worries plagued.

More than 1000 historians and other interested parties signed an open letter to SPD Leader Andrea Nahles, who had written in Amsterdam, teaching historian Christina Morina. In the call under the title "Without history, no future" called for a Revision of the decision. The abolition of the Commission called it a "serious political error" that with a view to the self-renewal of the SPD, the liberal democracy of the country is a "fatal sign". The signatories included luminaries of the discipline, among others, Wolfgang Benz, Norbert Frei, Rebekka Habermas, Jürgen Kocka, Paul Nolte, and Andreas Wirsching. The disturbance was greater, because the Willy-Brandt-Haus, responded first. No member of the party Executive Board, the historian Morina replied, instead, you received a disk of the "direct communication" of the party Executive.

Treasurer Dietmar Nietan, who had been appointed to the HiKo-resolution to the supervisor for historical questions, will soon introduce a successor organization. He has now sent out invitations to historians and politicians, who should be members of the new "history forum of the SPD". The body should be younger and female than in 1981 on a proposal by the former SPD Federal business Manager Peter Glotz, founded in HiKo, the last heard more than two dozen scientists.

Nietan interprets the criticism as an expression of interest and sympathy. The Treasurer combines great goals with the re-establishment, which is to decide, the Executive Board officially in mid-February. "I hope for a new impetus to the SPD, which will make us compatible for intellectual discourses. The exciting debates must be with us," he said to the daily mirror.
But who is unwavering in the belief among historians, who are close to the SPD, or of party members, noting that the party leadership has smashed so much China, that the establishment of this can make up for it. "Schofelig and shameful" was dealing with the scientists had made efforts in the HiKo a long time in vain talks with the party leadership. A renowned Professor who has invested a lot of work in the SPD, comes to the conclusion that it was a "intellectually disinterested party".

Nietan is aware of the reservations and also to the suspicion that he wanted to build a circle of scientific party of soldiers. "We want to create a body that is a transfer recipient of the SPD-party Executive", he assured. "On the contrary, Its members should be independent and headstrong." The SPD would call for set theories, "the us".

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letter of protest-the initiator of Morina, which is not a member of the SPD, called the Initiative, "pleasing", and accepts the invitation to a first meeting, "you're welcome". Given the Concerns about the foundations of democratic coexistence fixed structures are "necessary to the Tradition of a critical approach to German history, to defend and to strengthen also the idea of social democracy as a whole", she told this newspaper. It must now show what it can do, the new Committee "with a view to these challenges".

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