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Hmmm.... maybe I should check before I say I don't know how to edit the gloss ! :) I just edited it to "history-averse". I'm open to changing it again if consensus dictates I should. I don't know how to "un-close" this entry though; that' s probably impossible.
Yes, that's what I thought too, which is why I thought "wary" would be okay ("wary" and "averse" are pretty synonymous). To be clear, the youth in question who could not identify Hitler are American, not German (I'm sure/I hope that was clear!), which is why such a disastrous understanding of 20th century history would unsettle more "mature" Americans. I think you've absolutely nailed it at "Germans who advocate less emphasis on their country's past." Perhaps there really isn't a more succinct way to translate the phrase. Apologies again for closing this too early. I don't know how to change the gloss, but I give permission to change it to anyone who does.
the forum! I mean, decisions like tearing down the Palast der Republik in Berlin and cementing closed the recently discovered Hitler bunker are political decisions that serve the interests of the group known as..."Geschichtsfliehende"
historical role, could please and strengthen those Germans who advocate less emphasis on Germany's past, while it would likely disturb Americans. I think this debate within Germany is pretty important and that's probably why there's so much interest in
I realize sometimes the hyphen is necessary, sometimes there are ways around it. As far as the context goes, it seems to me that the author is definitely saying that that result, namely, that such a huge proportion of youth could not identify Hitler's hi
I'm not sure why you don't like "history [hyphen] anything." That's how English-speakers make adjectives out of nouns and gerunds. I'm sorry I closed this so early--lesson learned!
Here's more of the context. Denial has nothing to do with it. I think "history-averse" is perhaps the best of all. If someone knows how to change the gloss, please feel free. Context:
"Eine Erhebung des Pädagogenverbands Common Core unter 1200 17-Jährigen, die im Januar aus 33 Multiple-Choice-Fragen zu Geschichte und Literatur den Stand des Gemeinwissens ermittelte, stellte fest, dass ein Viertel sich nicht entsinnen konnte, ob Adolf Hitler ein Waffenhändler, deutscher Kaiser, Österreichs Ministerpräsident oder womöglich doch Reichskanzler Nazi-Deutschlands war. Dieses Ergebnis könnte geschichtsfliehende Deutsche freuen und bestärken. Mit Blick auf Gedeih und Politikfähigkeit mündiger US-Bürger muss es verstören."
Maybe "Germans who would evade history -" I just really don't like history(hyphen) anything! history evading, if anything. Maybe not 'ignore', because to ignore something and to flee from it are opposite actions..
I agree with Jonathan that wary is not strong enough here. "Fliehen" does not mean "wary", it means to escape, to flee! Those who are wary of history might deny the objectivity of history or something, in order to draw attention to inconsistencies within