Pascale R. Bos's German-Jewish Literature in the Wake of the Holocaust: Grete PDF

By Pascale R. Bos

ISBN-10: 1403966575

ISBN-13: 9781403966575

Combining cultural heritage and literary research, this examine proposes a brand new analyzing of the altering courting among Germans and Jews following the Holocaust. Holocaust survivors whose paintings turned uniquely profitable within the Germany of the Nineteen Eighties and Nineteen Nineties, Grete Weil and Ruth Klüger, grow to be significant members to a postwar German dialogue concerning the Nazi legacy that had mostly excluded dwelling Jews. by means of tracing the decades-long waxing and waning of the German public's curiosity in German-Jewish literature, and the actual cultural-political influence that Weil's and Klüger's works had on their German viewers, it investigates the ambiguity of Germany's war of words of the Holocaust with no inevitably confronting the Jews as Germans.

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Even in the West, however, this need to work through the past was immediately complicated as a result of the escalating Cold War tension. Denazification, deindustrialization, de-cartelization, and demilitarization put into place in West Germany just years earlier was soon suspended or phased out as the Western Allies’ perceived need to rebuild the country as a buffer in their struggle against Soviet dominance in Europe became the new priority. 42 In its new role as a Western antisocialist partner in the Cold War, West Germany would be encouraged to form a government that consisted of a coalition of conservative (antisocialist and anticommunist) parties.

You imagine you know the world, because you can feel it with your artists’ sensibility, but my dear, that will not do, it is not enough, it is a deadly luxury. . Haven’t you heard of Dachau yet? . ”27 Monika thus comes to tell Andreas the story of her marriage, a tale of two Jewish German intellectuals against the backdrop of the changing political climate of the 1920s and 1930s, and of her husband’s death at Mauthausen. Andreas, shocked by Monika’s story and now fully aware of the Nazi threat, decides that he wants to flee together with her.

It has moved on to become cultural studies of the Holocaust. I would characterize this new discourse as thoroughly aware of its “post” Holocaust nature. That is, aware of the culturally mediated, incomplete, and delayed nature of both these representations and our understanding of the events of the Holocaust and its impact. 74 Fundamental to this shift, I believe, is a broader understanding of the phenomenon of trauma (and how trauma affects memory) that has emerged from within cultural studies since the early 1990s.

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