A Nation of Victims? Representations of German Wartime by Helmut SCHMITZ (Editor), Helmut SCHMITZ

By Helmut SCHMITZ (Editor), Helmut SCHMITZ

The re-emergence of the problem of wartime discomfort to the fore of German public discourse represents the best shift in German reminiscence tradition because the Historikerstreit of the Nineteen Eighties. The (international) awareness and debates caused by means 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 transformation in concentration clear of the sufferers of nationwide Socialism to the tense 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 speedy post-war interval to the current in literature, movie and public commemorative discourse. break 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 impression 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 discomfort and nationwide Socialism in Oliver Hirschbiegel's movie Der Untergang. desk of Contents** Introduction:** Helmut SCHMITZ: The go back of Wartime anguish in modern German reminiscence tradition, Literature and Film** 1. The Post-War Period** Gregor STREIM: Germans within the Lager. experiences 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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4 After some brief remarks on the function and history of these camps, I will discuss central political aspects of the internment narratives in the context of discourse history and politics around 1950. Finally, I will consider the theme of remembering in the texts themselves. 5 This programme had military as well as political aims. First, it was supposed to eliminate persons and groups who could pose a threat to the security of occupational forces. 6 Thus the programme of arrest was closely connected to the de-Nazification programme, something that is a recurrent cause for polemic criticism in the literary representations of internment.

19 At the end of this deutschnational story of German suffering Brehm’s protagonist, too, returns home, maltreated but unshaken in his political creed. 20 In this ironic parable of deNazification, the camps and the time of occupation are presented as a historically overcome period. It is the only text that uses comic effects. Modelled on Giovanni Guareschi’s popular comic novel Don Camillo und Peppone (1950),21 Venatier recapitulates the history of de-Nazification as a personal confrontation between an officer of the US occupation forces and a Bavarian farmer, the ‘Kolterner’ who has been forcefully enlisted by the CIC as interpreter.

191. 19 Frei, 1945 und Wir, p. 10. 20 Norbert Frei, 1945 und Wir. Beck: Munich, 2005, p. 9. 21 See Daniel Fulda, ‘Abschied von der Zentralperspektive. , Bombs Away! Representing the 24 Helmut Schmitz _________________________________________________________ Air War over Europe and Japan, Rodopi: Amsterdam, 2006, pp. 45-64 (here: pp. 5859). 22 See Norbert Frei, ‘Gefühlte Geschichte,’ DIE ZEIT, 21 October, 2004. See also Fulda, p. 59. 23 Aleida Assmann, Der lange Schatten der Vergangenheit, p. 194.

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