The Discursive Construction of History: Remembering the Wehrmacht's War of Annihilation

Hardcover | March 1, 2008

EditorRuth Wodak

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How do democratic and pluralistic societies cope with traumatic events in their past? What strategies and taboos are employed to reconstruct wars, revolutions, torturing, mass killings and genocide in a way to make their contradiction to basic human rights and values invisible? This interdisciplinary volume analyzes in detail for the first time, in multiple genres, the history and image of the "German Wehrmacht" and the debates in Austria and Germany surrounding two highly contested exhibitions about the war crimes of the German Wehrmacht during WWII.

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How do democratic and pluralistic societies cope with traumatic events in their past? What strategies and taboos are employed to reconstruct wars, revolutions, torturing, mass killings and genocide in a way to make their contradiction to basic human rights and values invisible? This interdisciplinary volume analyzes in detail for the f...

HANNES HEER works in Hamburg, Germany as a writer and exhibition organizer. From 1993 to 2000 he worked at the Hamburg Institute for Social Research, directing the first 'Wehrmacht exhibition'. He has written numerous publications on National Socialism, the Wehrmacht and post-war recollection.SABINE LOITFELLNER is historian and fellow...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:330 pages, 5.7 × 8.6 × 0.9 inPublished:March 1, 2008Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230013236

ISBN - 13:9780230013230

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Notes on Contributors * Acknowledgements * Preface to English edition * Preface: 'How History Is Made' - The Origins and Aims of the Project--R.Wodak * Introduction: Collective Memory, The Politics of the Past and National Narratives--H.Heer & R.Wodak * PART 1: THE WEHRMACHT AND THE SECOND WORLD WAR IN THE RECOLLECTIONS OF THE WARTIME GENERATION * The Crimes of the Wehrmacht in the Second World War--W.Manoschek * The Holocaust in Wehrmacht Soldiers Letters from the Front--W.Manoschek * Quantitative and Qualitative Assessment of the Questionnaire Survey 'Austrians in the Second World War'--W.Manoschek * 'That is What is so Terrible - That Millions of Soldiers Were There, and Today They all Claim That They Never Saw a Thing'--H. Heer * PART 2: THE WEHRMACHT IN COLLECTIVE MEMORY AFTER 1945 * Aggressors as Victims--G.Sandner & W.Manoschek * The Historical Image of the 'Untainted Wehrmacht'--A.Pollak * 'The Appalling Toll in Austrian Lives...'--S.Loitfellner * What Remained of the Second World War--A.Pollak * PART 3: REACTIONS TO THE WEHRMACHT EXHIBITIONS * Crime Scene 'Wehrmacht Exhibition'--A.Pollak & R.Wodak * The Head of Medusa--H.Heer * Interpretations of the 'War of Annihilation'--H.Uhl * Glossary * Media Titles * References * Index

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