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
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520239105

ISBN-13: 9780520239104

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

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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.

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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