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Getting history right : East and West German collective memories of the Holocaust and war

Author: Mark Wolfgram
Publisher: Lewisburg : Bucknell University Press, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"How do individuals, societies, and nations deal with their difficult pasts? 'Getting history right' examines this question in a comparative context by looking at an authoritarian East Germany and a pluralistic, democratic West Germany. Eschewing a narrow focus on elites, this work draws extensively on societal level discussions of the past in popular culture, such as film, television, radio, and newspapers. It  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Wolfgram
ISBN: 9781611480061 161148006X 9781611480078 1611480078 9780838757451 0838757456
OCLC Number: 511610231
Description: 293 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Collective memory, politics, and culture --
Victims and perpetrators : the view from the East --
Victims and perpetrators : the view from the West --
Collaboration and resistance : blood and redemption --
Division and unity : a revolutionary people unites itself --
Defeat and liberation : ending the war --
Conclusion --
Mourning, loss, and the difficulty of remembering --
Appendix: Charts and chart notes --
Filmography.
Responsibility: Mark A. Wolfgram.
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"How do individuals, societies, and nations deal with their difficult pasts? 'Getting history right' examines this question in a comparative context by looking at an authoritarian East Germany and a pluralistic, democratic West Germany. Eschewing a narrow focus on elites, this work draws extensively on societal level discussions of the past in popular culture, such as film, television, radio, and newspapers. It examines how societal level discussions of the past shaped individual perceptions and interpretations of the past; and how individual perceptions and struggles over the meaning of the past shaped societal level discussions. These struggles over meaning and 'getting history right' are not only shaped by political power, but are also a source of symbolic power"--Page 4 of cover.

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