By Helmut SCHMITZ (Editor), Helmut SCHMITZ
The re-emergence of the difficulty of wartime pain to the fore of German public discourse represents the best shift in German reminiscence tradition because the Historikerstreit of the Eighties. The (international) realization and debates caused by way of, for instance, W.G. Sebald's Luftkrieg und Literatur, G??nter Grass's Im Krebsgang, J?¶rg Friedrich's Der model testify to a metamorphosis in concentration clear of the sufferers of nationwide Socialism to the stressful adventure of the 'perpetrator collective' and its legacies. the quantity brings jointly German, English and Israeli literary and movie students and historians addressing concerns surrounding the illustration of German wartime being affected by the rapid post-war interval to the current in literature, movie and public commemorative discourse. cut up into 4 sections, the amount discusses the illustration of Germans as sufferers in post-war literature and movie, the present reminiscence politics of the Bund der Vertriebenen, the general public commemoration of the air raids on Hamburg and Dresden and their illustration in movie, images, historiography and literature, the effect and reception of W.G. Sebald's Luftkrieg und Literatur, the illustration of flight and expulsion in modern writing, the matter of empathy in representations of Germans as sufferers and the illustration of pain and nationwide Socialism in Oliver Hirschbiegel's movie Der Untergang. desk of Contents** Introduction:** Helmut SCHMITZ: The go back of Wartime discomfort in modern German reminiscence tradition, Literature and Film** 1. The Post-War Period** Gregor STREIM: Germans within the Lager. studies and Narratives approximately Imprisonment in Post-War Allied Internment Camps** Hans-Joachim HAHN: 'Die, von denen guy erz?¤hlt hat, dass sie die kleinen Kinder schlachten.' Deutsche**Leiderfahrung und Bilder von Juden in der deutschen Kultur nach 1945. Zu einigen Texten Wolfgang Weyrauchs** Helen WOLFENDEN: The illustration of Wehrmacht squaddies as sufferers in Post-War German Fi
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Extra resources for A Nation of Victims? Representations of German Wartime Suffering from 1945 to the Present (German Monitor 67)
Thus a fourth aspect becomes clear: The situation of internment does not only metonymically point to the occupation, but also presents a model of orientation for national selfassertion and new beginning. All the authors explain thoroughly how the subordinate mass of internees is changing slowly into a camp community. The camp creates structures of communication and develops a characteristic ethos amongst the internees that proves the American re-education measures to be futile. 37 Naturally, German women who enter into relationships with American – sometimes even black!
Because of their symbolic reductionism and their allegorical or parabolic narratives these texts pursue an obvious strategy of rendering meaningful and foundational structures out of defeat and occupation. These texts are of particular interest because they also topicalise memory, or rather, the function of narrative within memory politics. The texts discussed above do not only legitimise the authenticity of the presented experience by recourse to the autobiographical pact. Of no less importance is the narrative gestus of oral communication of this experience.
Introduction: The Return of German Wartime Suffering 29 _________________________________________________________ 69 Assmann, ‘On the (In)Compatibility of Guilt and Suffering in German Memory,’ pp. 197-188. 70 Moeller, War Stories, pp. 78-79. 71 This has remained the discursive praxis of the far right and the League of Expellees until today. In January 2005 the twelve members of the neo-Nazi party NPD in the regional parliament of Saxony left their seats in protest during a minute’s silence for the victims of Nazi violence.
A Nation of Victims? Representations of German Wartime Suffering from 1945 to the Present (German Monitor 67) by Helmut SCHMITZ (Editor), Helmut SCHMITZ