Robert G. Moeller powerfully conveys the complicated story of how West Germans recast the recent past after the Second World War. He rejects earlier characterizations of a postwar West Germany dominated by attitudes of "forgetting" or silence about the Nazi past. He instead demonstrates the "selective remembering" that took place among West Germans during the postwar years: in particular, they remembered crimes committed against Germans, crimes that—according to some contemporary accounts—were comparable to the crimes of Germans against Jews. Moeller draws on a wide range of U.S. and German government documents, political debates, film archives, letters, oral histories, and newspaper accounts.
Robert G. Moeller is Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine. His previous books include Protecting Motherhood: Women and the Family in the Politics of Postwar West Germany (California, 1993).
List of Illustrations
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