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The re-emergence of the problem of wartime anguish to the fore of German public discourse represents the best shift in German reminiscence tradition because the Historikerstreit of the Nineteen Eighties. The (international) cognizance and debates brought on via, for instance, W.G. Sebald's Luftkrieg und Literatur, G??nter Grass's Im Krebsgang, J?¶rg Friedrich's Der model testify to a transformation in concentration clear of the sufferers of nationwide Socialism to the aggravating event of the 'perpetrator collective' and its legacies. the quantity brings jointly German, English and Israeli literary and picture students and historians addressing matters surrounding the illustration of German wartime being affected by the speedy post-war interval to the current in literature, movie and public commemorative discourse. break up into 4 sections, the amount discusses the illustration of Germans as sufferers in post-war literature and picture, the present reminiscence politics of the Bund der Vertriebenen, the general public commemoration of the air raids on Hamburg and Dresden and their illustration in movie, images, historiography and literature, the influence and reception of W.G. Sebald's Luftkrieg und Literatur, the illustration of flight and expulsion in modern writing, the matter of empathy in representations of Germans as sufferers and the illustration of agony and nationwide Socialism in Oliver Hirschbiegel's movie Der Untergang. desk of Contents** Introduction:** Helmut SCHMITZ: The go back of Wartime discomfort in modern German reminiscence tradition, Literature and Film** 1. The Post-War Period** Gregor STREIM: Germans within the Lager. reviews and Narratives approximately Imprisonment in Post-War Allied Internment Camps** Hans-Joachim HAHN: 'Die, von denen guy erz?¤hlt hat, dass sie die kleinen Kinder schlachten.' Deutsche**Leiderfahrung und Bilder von Juden in der deutschen Kultur nach 1945. Zu einigen Texten Wolfgang Weyrauchs** Helen WOLFENDEN: The illustration of Wehrmacht squaddies as sufferers in Post-War German Fi

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Counter Intelligence Corps) versprechen müssen, mit jenen also, die so viel von uns wußten und noch mehr wissen wollten, um endlich hinter das Geheimnis zu kommen, das für uns Deutschland heißt. 43 The interrogations and endless questionnaires, presented as ‘Instrument einer Inquisition des zwanzigsten Jahrhunderts’,44 tend to dissolve community with their incomprehensible codes, and are, in the views of the narrators and their characters used by the Americans for this purpose. In contrast to this, the internees feel reassured whenever they take possession of their individual experience in the medium of oral communication and storytelling.

P. 337. , p. 65. 25 Norbert Frei, Vergangenheitspolitik. Die Anfänge der Bundesrepublik und die NSVergangenheit, dtv: Munich, 1999 [first 1996], p. 14. 26 On the political character of cultural memory see Aleida Assmann, Jan Assmann, ‘Das Gestern im Heute. Medien und soziales Gedächtnis’, in: Klaus Merten, Siegfried J. , Die Wirklichkeit der Medien. Eine Einführung in die Kommunikationswissenschaft, Verlag für Sozialwissenschaft: Opladen, 1994, pp. 114-140; Assmann, Frevert, Geschichtsvergessenheit – Geschichtsversessenheit, pp.

49, footnote 12. 65 On the Christian tradition of victimology see Assmann, Der lange Schatten der Vergangenheit, pp. 72ff. ’ Germans as Victims, p 16. 66 Frei, 1945 und Wir, p. 10, Assmann, Der lange Schatten der Vergangenheit, speaks of an ‘ethische Wende des Erinnerns’, pp. 76ff. 67 For a list of examples see my ‘The Birth of the Collective from the Spirit of Empathy,’ in Niven, Germans as Victims, pp. 93-108. See also Samuel Salzborn’s, Bill Niven’s, Heinz-Peter Preußer’s and Annette Seidel Arpacı’s chapters in this volume.

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