By Helmut SCHMITZ (Editor), Helmut SCHMITZ

The re-emergence of the problem of wartime affliction to the fore of German public discourse represents the best shift in German reminiscence tradition because the Historikerstreit of the Nineteen Eighties. The (international) awareness and debates caused through, for instance, W.G. Sebald's Luftkrieg und Literatur, G??nter Grass's Im Krebsgang, J?¶rg Friedrich's Der model testify to a metamorphosis in concentration clear of the sufferers of nationwide Socialism to the demanding adventure of the 'perpetrator collective' and its legacies. the amount brings jointly German, English and Israeli literary and movie students and historians addressing concerns surrounding the illustration of German wartime struggling with the instant 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 effect 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 ache and nationwide Socialism in Oliver Hirschbiegel's movie Der Untergang. desk of Contents** Introduction:** Helmut SCHMITZ: The go back of Wartime agony in modern German reminiscence tradition, Literature and Film** 1. The Post-War Period** Gregor STREIM: Germans within the Lager. experiences 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 infantrymen as sufferers in Post-War German Fi

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Pp. 112ff. Dagmar C. Barnouw’s ill researched and prejudicial study The War in the Empty Air. Victims, Perpetrators, and Postwar Germans, Indiana University Press: Bloomington and Indianapolis, 2005 puts forward the untenable thesis of a continuous silence on German suffering due to a culture of collective guilt that originates in the Allied perception of Germans as Nazis which focused exclusive attention on Nazi victims. Barnouw’s study, which ignores virtually all research on German memory culture over the last decade, conflates a probably justified critique of the public image of Germany and Germans in the US with postwar German memory culture, asserting a homogeneous epoch of silence and taboo that culminates in a conspiracy theory of Jewish hegemony over German war memories.

After the war he was taken under ‘automatic arrest’ by the Allies on 11 June 1945 due to his right-wing terrorist past and his participation in the assassination. He was interned for 15 months in the camps Natternberg, Plattling, Langwasser and Landsberg. 10 See Ernst von Salomon, Der Fragebogen, Rowohlt: Hamburg, 1951, p. 663. , p. 806. Hanns Ludin, former German envoy in occupied Slovakia was interned with Salomon in the camp Nuremberg-Langwasser for a while. He was executed as a war criminal in Preßburg (Bratislava) on 9 December 1947.

Moeller quotes a SPIEGEL poll from 8 May 1995 where 36% of all and 40% of over 60s answered yes to the question whether the ‘expulsion of the Germans from the East [was] just as great a crime against humanity as the Holocaust’. Moeller also demonstrates that the comparison of the bombing of Dresden with Nazi crimes goes back to the 1950s, ‘The Politics of the Past’, p. 36. , German Culture, Politics, and Literature into the Twenty-First Century. Beyond Normalization, Rochester: Camden House, 2006.

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