By Helmut SCHMITZ (Editor), Helmut SCHMITZ
The re-emergence of the problem 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 brought on through, for instance, W.G. Sebald's Luftkrieg und Literatur, G??nter Grass's Im Krebsgang, J?¶rg Friedrich's Der model testify to a transformation in concentration clear of the sufferers of nationwide Socialism to the irritating event of the 'perpetrator collective' and its legacies. the amount brings jointly German, English and Israeli literary and movie students and historians addressing concerns surrounding the illustration of German wartime being affected by the instant 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 influence 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 ache and nationwide Socialism in Oliver Hirschbiegel's movie Der Untergang. desk of Contents** Introduction:** Helmut SCHMITZ: The go back of Wartime soreness 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 infantrymen 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)
Examples of variations of the ‘parent novel’, exploring wartime family trauma are Hanns-Josef Ortheil, Hecke (1983) and Abschied von den Kriegsteilnehmern (1992), Hans-Ulrich Treichel, Der Verlorene (1998), Ulla Hahn, Unscharfe Bilder (2003) and Uwe Timm, Am Beispiel meines Bruders (2003). 41 Robert G. Moeller, ‘The Politics of the Past in the 1950s: Rhetorics of Victimisation in East and West Germany,’ in: Niven, Germans as Victims, pp. 26-42 (here: pp. 27-28). Norbert Frei’s Vergangenheitspolitik makes a similar point with respect to official Federal Republic politics and its amnesty and social reintegration of the ‘army of Mitläufer’ for the stabilisation of the state.
Moeller, War Stories. The Search for a Usable Past in the Federal Republic of Germany, University of California Press: Berkeley and Los Angeles, 2001, p. 85 and p. 3. 43 Moeller, War Stories, p. 49. 44 Aleida Assmann, Der lange Schatten der Vergangenheit, p. 190. The expellees had their own ministry, the Bundesministerium für Vertriebene, Flüchtlinge and Kriegsgeschädigte, founded in 1949 and dissolved in 1969. Between 1953 and 1961 the ministry published the five-volume Dokumentation der Vertreibung der Deutschen aus Ost-Mitteleuropa under the aegis of the doyen of West German historiography, Theodor Schieder.
38 For a discussion and critique of trauma psychology and its use in cultural and academic debates see Susanne Vees-Gulani, Trauma and Guilt. Literature of Wartime Bombing in Germany, Walter deGruyter: Berlin and New York, 2003, pp. 11-30. , Die dunkle Spur der Vergangenheit. Psychoanalytische Zugänge zum Geschichtsbewußtsein, Suhrkamp: Frankfurt am Main, 1998. For a Cultural Studies approach to the issue of transgeneral traumatisation see Sigrid Weigel, ‘Telescopage im Unbewussten. Zum Verhältnis von Trauma, Geschichtsbegriff und Literatur,’ in: Elisabeth Bronfen, Birgit R.
A Nation of Victims? Representations of German Wartime Suffering from 1945 to the Present (German Monitor 67) by Helmut SCHMITZ (Editor), Helmut SCHMITZ