War Stories: The Search for a Usable Past in the Federal Republic of Germany / Edition 1

War Stories: The Search for a Usable Past in the Federal Republic of Germany / Edition 1

by Robert G. Moeller
     
 


"A brilliant analysis of the manner in which postwar Germany forged for itself a new identity on the basis of vivid yet selective memories of the past. Robert Moeller convincingly demonstrates that public preoccupation with the expulsion of Germans from the east and the fate of prisoners of war in the Soviet Union created a sense of German victimhood that… See more details below

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"A brilliant analysis of the manner in which postwar Germany forged for itself a new identity on the basis of vivid yet selective memories of the past. Robert Moeller convincingly demonstrates that public preoccupation with the expulsion of Germans from the east and the fate of prisoners of war in the Soviet Union created a sense of German victimhood that facilitated overcoming past crimes by asserting an equivalence of suffering. This is the best analysis by far of the 'negative' elements in the reconstruction of German national identity. The book is an indispensable contribution to our understanding of German politics and culture from the fall of Nazism to the present day."—Omer Bartov, author of Mirrors of Destruction

"Required reading for anyone interested in how selective memory shapes national identity, Robert Moeller's War Stories provides a whole new reading of Germany's confrontation with its Nazi past from the fifties through the nineties. . . . This is history as it should be written in the twenty-first century."—Temma Kaplan, author of Taking Back the Streets

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520239104
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
04/18/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
1. Listening to War Stories
2. Accounting for the Past
3. Driven into Zeitgeschichte: Historians and the “Expulsion of the Germans from East-Central Europe”
4. Prisoners of Public Memory: “Homecoming 1955”
5. Heimat, Barbed Wire, and “Papa’s Kino”: Expellees and POWs at the Movies
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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