Homecomings : returning POWs and the legacies of defeat in postwar Germany (Book, 2006) [WorldCat.org]
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Homecomings : returning POWs and the legacies of defeat in postwar Germany

Author: Frank Biess
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book focuses on one of the most visible and important consequences of total defeat in postwar Germany: the return to East and West Germany of the two million German soldiers and POWs who spent an extended period in Soviet captivity. These former prisoners made up a unique segment of German society. They were both soldiers in the war of racial annihilation on the Eastern front and then suffered extensive  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Frank Biess
ISBN: 0691125023 9780691125022 9780691143149 0691143145
OCLC Number: 61362844
Description: xiii, 367 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Impending defeat: military losses, the Wehrmacht and ordinary Germans --
Confronting defeat: returning POWs and the politics of victimization --
Embodied defeat: medicine, psychiatry, and the trauma of the returned POW --
Survivors of totalitarianism: returning POWs and the making of West German citizens --
Antifascist conversions: returning POWs and the making of East German citizens --
Parallel exclusions: the West German POW trials and the East German purges --
Absent presence: missing POWs and MIAs --
Divided reunion: the return of the last POWs --
Histories of the aftermath.
Responsibility: Frank Biess.
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Talks about the return of the two million German soldiers and POWs to East and West Germany, following the total defeat, who spent an extended period in Soviet captivity. This book combines the  Read more...

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With Homecomings, Biess has enriched our understanding of the formative post-war years in both East and West Germany. It is a masterful piece of scholarship--and beautifully written. -- Bill Niven Read more...

 
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