Guilt, Suffering, And Memory: Germany Remembers Its Dead Of World War Ii by Gilad MargalitGuilt, Suffering, And Memory: Germany Remembers Its Dead Of World War Ii by Gilad Margalit

Guilt, Suffering, And Memory: Germany Remembers Its Dead Of World War Ii

byGilad MargalitTranslated byHaim Watzman

Paperback | January 11, 2010

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Germany's changing historical memory of World War II and its aftermath, as reflected in the official and public remembrance of the German war dead, exposes an unresolved tension between a discourse of guilt and a discourse of national suffering and victimization. In Germany, under the auspices of the Allied occupation, remembrance honored the victims of the Nazis and those who had fought against the regime. After the partition of Germany, a new culture emerged, memorializing the civilian dead and fallen German soldiers. Despite the fierce ideological rivalry between East and West Germany, however, certain similarities existed. The political leaderships who shaped these cultures ceased to confront their citizens with the question of guilt and instead depicted the German people as victims. In Guilt, Suffering, and Memory-whose Israeli edition was awarded the Jacob Bahat Prize for best original book-Gilad Margalit discusses the official remembrance ceremonies for the German war dead, the memorials erected to commemorate them, the public discussions of these disparate cultures, and their treatment in postwar German literature and film.

Gilad Margalit is Senior Lecturer in the Department of General History at the University of Haifa, Israel and Deputy Director of the Haifa Center for German and European Studies. He is author of Die Nachkriegsdeutschen und "ihre Zigeuner": Die Behandlung der Sinti und Roma im Schatten von Auschwitz and Germany and Its Gypsies: A Post-A...
Title:Guilt, Suffering, And Memory: Germany Remembers Its Dead Of World War IiFormat:PaperbackDimensions:404 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.1 inPublished:January 11, 2010Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0253221331

ISBN - 13:9780253221339


Table of Contents

1. Coping with Guilt: The Germans and the Nazi Past
2. Remembering National Suffering in World War II
3. German Memory and Remembrance of the Dead from 1945 to the 1960s
4. Memorial Days in West Germany and Their Metamorphosis, 1945-1946
5. The Bombing of Germany's Cities and German Memory Politics, 1945-1989
6. Flight and Expulsion in German Political Culture and Memory since 1945
7. The Resurgence of the German Sense of Victimization since Reunification

Editorial Reviews

This well-translated book will be invaluable to scholars and students of German history and memory studies and is accessible to nonspecialists. Summing Up: Essential.October 2010, Vol. 48 No. 2