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Returning Memories : Former Prisoners of War in Divided and Reunited Germany.

Author: Christiane Wienand
Publisher: Woodbridge, Suffolk Boydell & Brewer, 2015. 2015.
Series: German history in context.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Millions of former German soldiers (known as Heimkehrer, literally "homecomers," or returnees) returned from captivity as prisoners of war at the end of the Second World War, an experience that had profound effects on German society and touched almost every German family. Based on extensive archival research and oral history interviews, this book provides the first comprehensive analysis of the history of the German  Read more...
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Wienand, Christiane
Returning Memories : Former Prisoners of War in Divided and Reunited Germany
Woodbridge, Suffolk : Boydell & Brewer,c2015
Material Type: Document
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Christiane Wienand
ISBN: 9781782045304 1782045309
OCLC Number: 966299642
Description: 1 online resource (364 pages)
Contents: Frontcover --
Contents --
Preface --
List of Abbreviations --
Introduction: Writing the History of Returnees --
1: Depicting Returnees: Contested Media Representations in East and West Germany --
Memory and Media Representations --
Returnees in German Mass Media-An Overview --
Returnees as Perpetrators --
Returnees as Victims --
Returnees as Heroes --
Untitled --
2: Negotiating Victim Status: The Presence of the Past in Compensation Debates --
Memory and Politics --
Negotiating Victim Status in the FRG: The Kriegsgefangenen entschadigungsgesetz --
Negotiating Victim Status after 1990: The Diversification of Memory Debates in Reunited Germany --
Conclusion --
3: Giving Meaning to the Past: Narratives of Transformation and Conversion --
Memory and Narratives of the Past --
East German Narratives: Remembered Change and Changes of Remembrance --
Narratives of Transformation and Conversion in West Germany --
Common Narratives and Recurring Topoi --
Untitled --
4: Interacting with the Past: Memory Projects of Returnees --
Memory and Agency --
Establishing Sites of Memory --
Building Communities of Remembrance --
Conducting Autobiographical Projects --
Conclusion --
Epilogue: Transmitting Memories-Shaping Postwar Presents --
Conclusion --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index.
Series Title: German history in context.

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Provides the first comprehensive analysis of the history of returning German POWs after the Second World War, explored as a history of memory both during Germany's division and after unification.  Read more...

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