Jeffrey Olick is Professor of Sociology and History at the University of Virginia, USA. He has worked extensively on the theory of collective memory, on the history of memory studies, and on the realities of social memory in postwar Germany and elsewhere. His publications include: The Collective Memory Reader (with Vered Vinitzky-Seroussi and Daniel Levy) (Oxford University Press 2011); The Politics of Regret: On Collective Memory and Historical Responsibility (Routledge 2007); and In the House of the Hangman: The Agonies of German Defeat, 1943-1949 (University of Chicago Press 2005). Current interests include reputations, theodicy, and nonsense (though not at the same time).