This chapter gives an overview about regretful approaches to commemorating past events. It introduces the reader to different conceptual and theoretical approaches to regretful memory politics, gives a balanced assessment about the strengths and weaknesses of these arguments, and highlights the focal points of the ongoing scholarly debate. The chapter also presents the most important empirical cases relevant for the discussion, paying particular attention to the rise of the global Holocaust memory regime and the debates about the idea of European memory.
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