Memory Matters: Generational Responses to Germany's Nazi by Schaumann, Caroline

By Schaumann, Caroline

Reminiscence issues juxtaposes in tripartite constitution texts through a toddler of German bystanders (Wolf), an Austrian-Jewish child-survivor (KlГѓВјger), a daughter of Jewish ГѓВ©migrГѓВ©s (Honigmann), a daughter of an officer thinking about the German resistance (Bruhns), a granddaughter of a baptized Polish Jew (Maron), and a granddaughter of German refuges from East Prussia (DГѓВјckers). put outdoor of the distorting victim-perpetrator, Jewish-German, man-woman, and war-postwar binary, it turns into obvious that the texts neither whole nor contradict one another, yet reply to each other through thought, reverberation, refraction, incongruity, and ambiguity. targeting genealogies of girls, the e-book delineates a special cultural reminiscence than the counting of (male-inflected) generations and a male-dominated Holocaust and postwar literature canon. It examines intergenerational conflicts and the negotiation of stories opposed to the backdrop of a sophisticated mother-daughter dating that follows unpredictable styles and provokes either discord and empathy. Schaumanns method questions the idea that German-gentile and German-Jewish postwar stories are inevitably diametrically hostile (i.e. reply to a detrimental symbiosis) and uncovers intersections and continuities as well as conflicts.

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Cathy Caruth, Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins UP, 1995, 9. See Caruth, Unclaimed Experience, 63. See Lawrence L. Langer, Holocaust Testimonies: The Ruins of Memory, New Haven: Yale UP, 1991. Leys, 2. Daniel Siegel, “Memory, Trauma, and Psychotherapy: A Cognitive Science View,” The Journal of Psychotherapy Practice and Research 4 (1995): 93-122, 116. Judith Herman offers a more detailed definition of PTSD that is based on seven diagnostic criteria and was used for inclusion in the diagnostic manual of the American Psychiatric Association.

See Bode, 68-69. 4 Several popular television series, most notably historian Guido Knopp’s ZDF series History, focused on flight and expulsion (2001, 2006), on liberation (2004), and on the bombing of Dresden (2005). The German experience of war also became the subject of conference sessions, exhibitions, and additional publications. The surge of interest prompted war children to remember and describe their experiences to a German public that, arguably for the first time, had come to pay attention to accounts of firestorms, bombings, flight, relocation, hunger, rape, prisoners and casualties of war.

4 Several popular television series, most notably historian Guido Knopp’s ZDF series History, focused on flight and expulsion (2001, 2006), on liberation (2004), and on the bombing of Dresden (2005). The German experience of war also became the subject of conference sessions, exhibitions, and additional publications. The surge of interest prompted war children to remember and describe their experiences to a German public that, arguably for the first time, had come to pay attention to accounts of firestorms, bombings, flight, relocation, hunger, rape, prisoners and casualties of war.

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