By Helmut SCHMITZ (Editor), Helmut SCHMITZ
The re-emergence of the problem of wartime agony to the fore of German public discourse represents the best shift in German reminiscence tradition because the Historikerstreit of the Eighties. The (international) cognizance and debates brought on via, for instance, W.G. Sebald's Luftkrieg und Literatur, G??nter Grass's Im Krebsgang, J?¶rg Friedrich's Der model testify to a metamorphosis in concentration clear of the sufferers of nationwide Socialism to the annoying event of the 'perpetrator collective' and its legacies. the amount brings jointly German, English and Israeli literary and movie students and historians addressing matters surrounding the illustration of German wartime being affected by the rapid post-war interval to the current in literature, movie and public commemorative discourse. cut up into 4 sections, the quantity discusses the illustration of Germans as sufferers in post-war literature and movie, the present reminiscence politics of the Bund der Vertriebenen, the general public commemoration of the air raids on Hamburg and Dresden and their illustration in movie, images, historiography and literature, the impression and reception of W.G. Sebald's Luftkrieg und Literatur, the illustration of flight and expulsion in modern writing, the matter of empathy in representations of Germans as sufferers and the illustration of discomfort and nationwide Socialism in Oliver Hirschbiegel's movie Der Untergang. desk of Contents** Introduction:** Helmut SCHMITZ: The go back of Wartime discomfort in modern German reminiscence tradition, Literature and Film** 1. The Post-War Period** Gregor STREIM: Germans within the Lager. stories and Narratives approximately Imprisonment in Post-War Allied Internment Camps** Hans-Joachim HAHN: 'Die, von denen guy erz?¤hlt hat, dass sie die kleinen Kinder schlachten.' Deutsche**Leiderfahrung und Bilder von Juden in der deutschen Kultur nach 1945. Zu einigen Texten Wolfgang Weyrauchs** Helen WOLFENDEN: The illustration of Wehrmacht squaddies as sufferers in Post-War German Fi
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49, footnote 12. 65 On the Christian tradition of victimology see Assmann, Der lange Schatten der Vergangenheit, pp. 72ff. ’ Germans as Victims, p 16. 66 Frei, 1945 und Wir, p. 10, Assmann, Der lange Schatten der Vergangenheit, speaks of an ‘ethische Wende des Erinnerns’, pp. 76ff. 67 For a list of examples see my ‘The Birth of the Collective from the Spirit of Empathy,’ in Niven, Germans as Victims, pp. 93-108. See also Samuel Salzborn’s, Bill Niven’s, Heinz-Peter Preußer’s and Annette Seidel Arpacı’s chapters in this volume.
For a Cultural Studies approach to the issue of transgeneral traumatisation see Sigrid Weigel, ‘Telescopage im Unbewussten. Zum Verhältnis von Trauma, Geschichtsbegriff und Literatur,’ in: Elisabeth Bronfen, Birgit R. Erdle, Sigrid Weigel, eds. Trauma. Zwischen Psychoanalyse & kulturellem Deutungsmuster. Böhlau: Cologne, Weimar, Vienna, 1999, pp. 51-76. 26 Helmut Schmitz _________________________________________________________ 40 Examples of (fictional and non-fictional) narratives over several generations are Marcel Beyer, Spione (2000), Tania Dückers, Himmelskörper (2003), Günter Grass, Im Krebsgang, Stephan Wackwitz, Ein unsichtbares Land (2003), Thomas Medicus, In den Augen meines Großvaters (2004), Wibke Bruns, Meines Vaters Land (2004).
11 Despite the heated debate that followed the publication of Der Fragebogen, it was by no means the only and not even the first literary treatment of Allied internment. It was only the most well known representative of a whole series of representations that treated internment in a similar fashion and that, as provisional research seems to suggest, were published predominantly in the period between 1950 and 1953. Their authors can without exception be attributed to the National Socialist, or like Salomon, to the national revolutionary camp.