Damnatio memoriae  

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“The year 1789 is hereby erased from history” --Joseph Goebbels as newly appointed Nazi Minister for Popular Enlightenment and Propaganda, radio broadcast of April 1, 1933

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Damnatio memoriae is the Latin phrase literally meaning "damnation of memory", in the sense of removed from the remembrance. It was a form of dishonor that could be passed by the Roman Senate upon traitors or others who brought discredit to the Roman State.

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