Victims and Perpetrators, 1933-1945: (re)presenting the Past in Post-unification Culture

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Laurel Cohen-Pfister, Dagmar Wienroeder-Skinner, Dagmar Wienröder-Skinner
Walter de Gruyter, 2006 - 371 pages

This volume examines the politics of history and memory in Germany today through a review and analysis of seminal developments in the current discourse on 1933 - 1945. An interdisplicinary work, this book examines questions of representing the past from the perspective of literary studies, social psychology, film studies, history, and cultural studies.
Themes include transgenerational memory and remembrance, the air war and German literature, commemoration and silences, transnational reconciliation, and historical consciousness in the German present. The collected essays make clear that as the current discourse contributes toward an historically informed, differentiated understanding of individuals' roles in the Third Reich and World War Two, victim and perpetrator identities cannot be defined as exclusive from one another. The discourse emphasizes personal over collective experience and answers questions of responsibility and guilt on the individual level.

 

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Contents

LAUREL COHENPFISTER
3
Transgenerational Memory
11
ELKE SEGELCKE
15
Generational Identities in Recent German
29
NIKHIL SATHE
49
RACHEL HALVERSON
72
VOLKER HAGE
91
SUSANNE VEESGULANI
114
VALENTINA GLAJAR
225
PAWEL LUTOMSKI
241
DAGMAR WIENROEDERSKINNER
262
HARALD WELZER
285
BRAD PRAGER
296
Changing Perceptions on German
316
DANIEL BECKER
337
Notes on Contributors
363

THOMAS
136
Barbara Honigmanns Narrative Quest for
157
MARGIT SINKA
197

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Laurel Cohen-Pfister, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA; Dagmar Wienroeder-Skinner, St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

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