Nevertheless, the fall of the Berlin wall brought both sides together with an ideology of unification and the birth of the Germany so long denied. "Even history is a product of the time in which it is written." (Fulbrook, 261.) The nationalist histories trumpeted a problem of belated unification, and twentieth century histories tell the story of the evils of Hitler's sociopolitical roots. But, with easing tensions and melding modern German, the "Germany problem" changes from a shameful past to one colored with the complex patterns ultimately at play. Bessel and Fulbrook lead divergent conversations into the same groups, uncovering different stories marked with a united past and future; the legacy of the Third Reich will never leave the Germans, but in its different explosions in both post-war Germanies, is united in the modern German republic with a common goal of bettered future.
Bessel, Richard. Nazism and War. New York: Modern Library, 2004.
Fulbrook, Mary. History of Germany, 1918-2000: The Divided Nation. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2000.