Recently, voices in Germany one would not consider in any sense ‘revisionist’ have been expressing concern that the Germans are tired of being made to confront the crime of the Holocaust. None of this criticism is directed at the importance of Holocaust memory itself. It is more a question of anxiety at a potential over-exposure, and too exclusive an exposure, as if German history had nothing else to offer that should be remembered. The concern also focuses on what is seen as pedagogical heavy-handedness in dealing with the topic, and the persistence of an associated culture of blame and shame, a culture which young people in particular resist and indeed rebel against. Talking recently to representatives of German concentration camp memorial sites, I got the impression they often had to face either petulant indifference or outright defiance on the part of school groups brought to the sites to learn about Nazi atrocities. There are fears that visitor numbers may drop, especially if the legacy of remembering the Holocaust cannot be effectively passed on. Even more recently, I was in discussion with representatives of one or two British memorial sites, including one to the First and Second World War dead. Here too, there was concern at dropping visitor numbers, at not reaching out to the young, or the general public as a whole. It may seem as if the problem in this case is one of temporal distance: the two world wars are already partly shrouded in the mists of time, and “communicative memory” within families may have died out with the demise of the last grandfathers and great-grandfathers with personal experience of those wars. Yet could it also be that we, in our country, also suffer from over-exposure? Can there be a surfeit of positive memory, as there can be one of negative memory? There can be little doubt that it is not easy to live with the knowledge that one’s nation committed the greatest atrocity. Who would have thought, though, that the luxury of an untainted memory such as we cultivate in Britain could also become a burden? That a nation could become bloated on its own success? If Germany needs positive points of orientation for its memory compass, Britain could with some negative ones. And you don’t need to look long to find some. None of this need overthrow the triumphalist narrative, but it will make it a little less oppressive, and introduce cracks and tensions likely to attract the attention and interest of the otherwise indifferent mass who traipse wearily past memorials heading for the coffee shop.