Coburg has found it difficult to address its National Socialist past. For many years, the time between the crucial town council elections in 1929 and the end of the war was not present in the collective memory and the local historiography.
The publication of Hubert Fromm’s book “Die Coburger Juden” (“The Coburg Jews”) in 1990 marked a crucial turning point. However, it did not prevent fierce controversies from continuing to erupt over how to deal with the National Socialist past – for instance in connection with the exhibition “Voraus zur Unzeit” (“Ahead into the Abyss”) of the Initiative Stadtmuseum Coburg in 2004.
In the meantime, however, the activities of various cultural initiatives and networks such as “Coburg ist bunt” (“Coburg is diverse”) or “Lebendige Erinnerungskultur” (“Living culture of remembrance”) have rendered the debate more objective. The decision of the Coburg town council on October 22, 2016, to commission research by the Munich Institute for Contemporary History to examine the 20th-century past in a scientific manner is to be viewed as an important step in this process.