Definition of Historikerstreit in US English:

Historikerstreit

noun

  • A controversial scholarly debate in West Germany in 1986–7 as to the interpretation and significance of the Holocaust, and in particular whether the atrocities committed by the Nazis can be compared to those of the Stalinist regime.

Origin

1980s; earliest use found in The New York Times. From German Historikerstreit, literally ‘historians' quarrel’ from Historiker historian + Streit quarrel, controversy.

Pronunciation

Historikerstreit

/hɪˈstɒrɪkəˌʃtrʌɪt/