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By Zohar Shavit

ISBN-10: 0203334558

ISBN-13: 9780203334553

ISBN-10: 0415969247

ISBN-13: 9780415969246

A prior with no Shadow examines 50 years of German kid's books during which the darkest horrors of the 3rd Reich have regularly remained hidden. The horrors of the 3rd Reich are systematically screened and filtered, permitting the darker, bleaker elements of historical past to flee illumination. right here Zohar Shavit explores 345 German books for kids describing the 3rd Reich and the Holocaust, and reveals a surprising distortion of the previous: a recurrent narrative which implies that the Germans themselves had no hand within the discomfort inflicted at the Jews. those books, Shavit argues, have created the fake historic lesson that the true sufferers of Hitler's crimes have been the German humans themselves. First released to nice acclaim in Hebrew and now on hand in English, this e-book is a warning call for somebody excited about German kid's literature and its accountability to previous and destiny.

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15; Dahrendorf 1995, pp. 2, 10; Dahrendorf and Shavit 1988, p. 72; Otto 1983, pp. 93–94; Sannes-Müller 1988, p. 47; Steinlein 1995, pp. 8–9,13). Each researcher relies on the statistical data presented by Bernd Otto (1981). Otto notes that between 1945 and 1980, 162 novels for children and youth dealing with the Third Reich and the Nazi Holocaust were published in Germany. In the period between 1945 and 1949, fifteen were published, twenty-two between 1950 and 1954, twenty-five between 1955 and 1959, twenty-eight between 1960 and 1964, twenty-one between 1965 and 1969, twenty-four between 1970 and 1974, and forty-one between 1974 and 1980 (Otto 1981, p.

Because deference to state authority was still part of civil consciousness, this sentiment was exploitable in the 1950s for the purpose of German reconstruction. As early as the 1950s, German children’s literature achieved what revisionist historiography would seek thirty years later—a basis for continuity with the German past. It was possible to deal with the recent past by means of a present that looked toward the future, without reflecting on that past or attempting to confront it and grapple with it.

150). The conscious attempt to transform the tale of Anne Frank into a universal narrative was also given expression in an interview granted by the play’s first stage director, Garson Kanin, to the New York Times (October 2, 1955). Kanin noted that he sought to address the universal aspect of the story, reducing to the greatest possible extent any reference to murder (cited in Rosenfeld 1991, p. 252). Anne Frank became a public icon of the rhetoric of piéta, reduced to a general expression of the power of faith and the loftiness of human suffering.

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