War Stories: The Search for a Usable Past in the Federal Republic of Germany / Edition 1by Robert G. Moeller
Pub. Date: 04/18/2003
Publisher: University of California Press
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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Table of ContentsList 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
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