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

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520239104
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 4/18/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

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).

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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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