The Language of Silence: West German Literature and the by Ernestine Schlant

By Ernestine Schlant

Focussing on person authors from Heinrich Boll to Gunther Grass, Hermann Lenz to Peter Schneider, "The Language of Silence" deals an research of West German literature because it attempts to come back to phrases with the Holocaust and its impression on postwar West German society. Exploring postwar literature because the barometer of Germany's unconsciously held values in addition to of its professed moral sense, Ernestine Schlant demonstrates that the war of words with the Holocaust has shifted over the a long time from repression, circumvention, and omission to an open acknowledgement of the crimes.

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The two cousins, Adolf Judejahn the incipient priest and Siegfried Pfaffrath the incipient composer, stand in a complementary relation. Both have rejected their families and their early upbringing in Nazi Party schools (Ordensburgen). But Koeppen sees Adolf’s motives as questionable. Joining a religious order after the demise of the party schools and their military order does not signal freedom or insight but rather a continuing abdication of individuality. The school’s imprint on Siegfried is Siegfried’s pedophilia; he may fancy himself free, indeed alone, but he seeks the warmth of community through the re-creation of early school bonds.

36 One might also speak of a “dance of death,”37 in which the meeting of the characters obeys the logic of the plot but has very little probability. The stylization of the dance de-realizes the events in order to heighten them on a surreal plane. In the grand finale, all the characters meet in an ironic parody of comedies in which all the actors assemble onstage in the final scene. This assemblage is followed by a negative coda, the inversion of the redeeming and life-affirming satyr play of classical tragedy.

19 Now, ten years later, he returns in a freight car and as the train approaches the river “a strange thing happen[s]”: [O]ne after another the boxcars ahead of us fell silent. It was quite extraordinary, as if the whole train of fifteen or twenty cars was a series of lights going out one after another. And we could hear a horrible, hollow rattle, a kind of windy rattle; and suddenly it sounded as if little hammers were being tapped against the floor of our boxcar, and we fell silent too, and there it was: nothing, nothing…nothing; left and right there was nothing, a ghastly void…in the distance the grassy banks of the Rhine… boats…water, but one didn’t dare look too far out: just looking made one giddy.

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