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The Allied Air War and Urban Memory : the Legacy of Strategic Bombing in Germany.

Author: Jörg Arnold
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2011.
Series: Studies in the Social and Cultural History of Modern Warfare, 35.
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A first study in English of the cultural legacy of World War II bombing in post-war Germany.

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Arnold, Jörg.
Allied Air War and Urban Memory : The Legacy of Strategic Bombing in Germany.
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, ©2011
Named Person: Kassel
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jörg Arnold
ISBN: 9781139117586 1139117580 1283296225 9781283296229 9781139128247 1139128248 9781107004962 1107004969 9780511792571 0511792573 6613296228 9786613296221 9781139113229 1139113224
OCLC Number: 769341775
Notes: Exposing the zero hour as a myth.
Description: 1 online resource (412 pages)
Contents: Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; Illustrations; Maps; Preface; Abbreviations; Introduction: a poem and an image; Approach; Historiographical overview; Thesis and chapter outline; 1 From experience to memory: the emergence of lieux de mémoire, 1943-1947; Introduction: what makes a memory place?; Different contexts; Kassel and the air raid of 22 October 1943; National Socialist propaganda and the air war; 'Let hatred be our watchword': the propagandistic treatment of the fire raid on Kassel; 'Kassel is no more!': semi-public voices; The view from the outside; Views from the centre. Gender, function, raceLoss; Casting blame; Magdeburg and the air raid of 16 January 1945; Rupture as continuity: 10 May 1631 and 16 January 1945; Conclusion; Part I Commemorating death; 2 'Soldiers of the Heimat': commemorating the dead, 1940-1945; Introduction; 'Never has a sacrifice been more worthwhile': civilian death as heroic sacrifice; The semiotics of commemoration; Themes; The vocabulary of commemoration; 'Come, and let us return unto the Lord': catastrophic rupture as affliction; Themes; Conclusion; 3 'In quiet memory'?: post-war memory cultures, 1945-1979. Introduction: a usable past?Identifying the dead; Graves; Memorials; Commemorating the dead; Serving the dead: mortui viventes obligant; Conclusion; 4 The return of the dead: the renaissance of commemoration, 1979-1995; Introduction: shifting contexts; Between 'day of struggle' and 'prayer for peace': commemorative formats in the 1980s; Between harbinger and retribution: the semantics of commemoration; 'Great Carthage waged three wars': mass death as harbinger of atomic annihilation; 'Judgements that we bring on to ourselves': mass death as retribution. 'Mine eyes do fail with tears': dealing with pain'Or does memory ... resist the changes of today?': commemoration in the 1990s; 'Two cities --
one fate': the air war as national founding myth; 'The same confidence and commitment': the woman of the rubble as example; Conclusion; Part II Confronting destruction; 5 'What we have lost': framing urban destruction, 1940-1960; Introduction; Establishing the parameters, 1940-45; 'Bombs on a thousand years': urban destruction as a -crime against Kultur'; 'Heimat Remains!'?; Articulating loss, 1945-60; The language of figures; The language of images. 'Like a fellow human being that has left us': nostalgiaVisualising the 'disfigured face': rubble photography; 'The new city, more beautiful than ever': Heimat reborn?; Conclusion; 6 From celebration to lamentation: dealing with the legacy of the air war, 1960-1995; Introduction; The 'closed wound': celebrating the city rebuilt, 1960-1975; Allied bombing as 'zero hour'; Born 'at the moment death [came] over the city': celebrating the new beginning; Revisiting Alt-Kassel; The 'painful scar': mourning the second destruction, 1975-1995; Lieu de mémoire as site of mourning; The return of nostalgia.
Series Title: Studies in the Social and Cultural History of Modern Warfare, 35.
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