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The temptation of despair : tales of the 1940s

Author: Werner Sollors
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2014. ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"In Germany, the years immediately following World War II call forward images of obliterated cities, hungry refugees, and ghostly monuments to Nazi crimes. The temptation of despair was hard to resist, and to contemporary observers the road toward democracy in the Western zones of occupation seemed rather uncertain. Drawing on a vast array of American, German, and other sources--diaries, photographs, newspaper  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Art
Art and the war
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Werner Sollors
ISBN: 9780674052437 0674052439 9780674416314 0674416317
OCLC Number: 861478320
Awards: Nominated for John Hope Franklin Publication Prize 2015
Nominated for Jacques Barzun Prize 2014
Description: x, 390 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : Before success --
March 29, 1945 : between the no longer and the not yet : peace breaks out gradually in Central Europe --
May 7, 1945 : malevolent rectangles of spectral horror : a photographer and his subject --
June 23, 1945 : after Dachau : of private vengeance, collective guilt, life in ruins, population transfers, and displaced persons --
October 4, 1945 : dilemmas of denazification : Karl Loewenstein, Carl Schmitt, military occupation, and militant democracy --
January 8, 1946 : are you occupied territory? : black G.I.s in fiction of the occupation --
April 24, 1946 : the race problem in the house on Lilac Road : occupation children and the film Toxi --
August 20, 1948-May 6, 1977 : Heil, Johnny : Billy Wilder's A foreign affair, or, The denazification of Erika von Schlutow --
Coda : Comic relief? --
Responsibility: Werner Sollors.


In Germany the end of World War II calls forth images of obliterated cities, hungry refugees, and ghostly monuments to Nazi crimes. Drawing on diaries, photographs, essays, reports, fiction and film,  Read more...


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[A] deeply powerful book. It is a work of scholarship that intersperses critical analysis of movies, photographs, and memoirs of the period with Sollors's own personal memories of being a frightened Read more...

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