East German Film and the Holocaust

By combining close analyses of key films with extensive archival research, this book explores how GDR filmmakers depicted Jews and the Holocaust in a country where memories of Nazi persecution were highly prescribed, tightly controlled and ...

Author: Elizabeth Ward

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 9781789207484

Category: History

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East Germany’s ruling party never officially acknowledged responsibility for the crimes committed in Germany’s name during the Third Reich. Instead, it cast communists as both victims of and victors over National Socialist oppression while marginalizing discussions of Jewish suffering. Yet for the 1977 Academy Awards, the Ministry of Culture submitted Jakob der Lügner – a film focused exclusively on Jewish victimhood that would become the only East German film to ever be officially nominated. By combining close analyses of key films with extensive archival research, this book explores how GDR filmmakers depicted Jews and the Holocaust in a country where memories of Nazi persecution were highly prescribed, tightly controlled and invariably political.

Films in the anti Fascist German Democratic Republic The DEFA and the Memory of World War II

Seminar paper from the year 2009 in the subject History Europe - Germany - Postwar Period, Cold War, grade: 1,0, , course: World War II, language: English, abstract: During the process of the development in East and West Germany, the issue ...

Author: Christopher Borns

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 9783346347701

Category: History

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Seminar paper from the year 2009 in the subject History Europe - Germany - Postwar Period, Cold War, grade: 1,0, , course: World War II, language: English, abstract: During the process of the development in East and West Germany, the issue of the memory of World War II and the Nazi Past was discussed. Therefore, the GDR film institution DEFA was one of the first establishments which mainly published films shortly after 1945 to memorize the Second World War and the cruelties of the Nazis. But how important was the role of the memory of World War II for the GDR regime in reality? And would the GDR regime also try to use propaganda in films of such a sensible and important matter? Would it also try to spread its ideology within these movies? And if, how were ideological means implied in the movies respectively how did film makers conceptualize, frame and display their versions of World War II and its meanings? To answer these questions the paper starts by giving an overview of the importance of the memory of World War II and the Nazi Past in GDR policy. After that, this policy should be further analyzed with the help of nine movies of GDR film makers and their contribution to the memory of World War II and the Nazi Past in East Germany. The conclusion is the last part of the paper.

Film and Memory in East Germany

... he reportedly did not want to put too many demands on the audience by exposing them to the horrors of mass annihilation.64 Although in contrast to West German film, antisemitism and to a lesser extent the Holocaust did enter DEFA's ...

Author: Anke Pinkert

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253351036

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 275

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Rethinks the politics of public memory in East German film

East German Cinema

The protagonists of the story and its subplots are allegories of parts of German society. ... For instance, the film stresses the suppression of the Holocaust in postwar Germany, such as in the scene we see Brückner enjoy coffee and ...

Author: S. Heiduschke

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137322326

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 196

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East Germany's film monopoly, Deutsche Film-Aktiengesellschaft, produced a films ranging beyond simple propaganda to westerns, musicals, and children's films, among others. This book equips scholars with the historical background to understand East German cinema and guides the readers through the DEFA archive via examinations of twelve films.

Jewish Claims Against East Germany

ble for the crimes committed against the Jews by the Nazis. ... of Anne Frank) was printed and made into a film in the 1950s; the East German Film Agency DEFA produced several movies on Jewish life and death during the Nazi regime, ...

Author: Angelika Timm

Publisher: Central European University Press

ISBN: 9789633865712

Category: History

Page: 293

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This is the first comprehensive history of Jewish negotiations with East Germany regarding restitution and reparations for Nazi war crimes. Angelika Timm analyzes the politics of old and new anti-Semitism and the context in which they grew under the officially propagated ideology of antifascism. Investigating the mass of unpublished, newly available archival data from the United States, Israel, and the former German Democratic Republic, and more than forty personal interviews, Timm fills a critical gap in the scholarship on postwar Germany. She analyzes the role of the Holocaust and the image of Jews in the historical consciousness and political culture of East Germany and chronicles the efforts of Jewish organizations, especially the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, to negotiate reparations with the East German state. The unique relationship between ideology and Realpolitik defined the manner in which East Germany confronted the crimes of its past and allowed anti-Semitism to reemerge.

Postwar Germany and the Holocaust

Daniela Berghahn, 'Post-1990 German Screen Memories: How East and West German Cinema Remembers the Third Reich and the Holocaust', German Life and Letters, Vol. 59, No. 2 (2006) p. 297. Thomas C. Fox, Stated Memory: East Germany and the ...

Author: Caroline Sharples

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472510532

Category: History

Page: 240

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CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title 2016 Focussing on German responses to the Holocaust since 1945, Postwar Germany and the Holocaust traces the process of Vergangenheitsbewältigung ('overcoming the past'), the persistence of silences, evasions and popular mythologies with regards to the Nazi era, and cultural representations of the Holocaust up to the present day. It explores the complexities of German memory cultures, the construction of war and Holocaust memorials and the various political debates and scandals surrounding the darkest chapter in German history. The book comparatively maps out the legacy of the Holocaust in both East and West Germany, as well as the unified Germany that followed, to engender a consideration of the effects of division, Cold War politics and reunification on German understanding of the Holocaust. Synthesizing key historiographical debates and drawing upon a variety of primary source material, this volume is an important exploration of Germany's postwar relationship with the Holocaust. Complete with chapters on education, war crime trials, memorialization and Germany and the Holocaust today, as well as a number of illustrations, maps and a detailed bibliography, Postwar Germany and the Holocaust is a pivotal text for anyone interested in understanding the full impact of the Holocaust in Germany.

DEFA at the Crossroads of East German and International Film Culture

edited Kunst und Literatur nachAuschwitz (Erich Schmidt, 1993), Bilder des Holocaust. Literatur –Film– Malerei, co-editor Klaus Scherpe (Böhlau, 1997),Die andere Stimme. Das Fremde inder Kultur der Moderne, co-editor AlexanderHonold ...

Author: Marc Silberman

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110368055

Category: Art

Page: 354

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Motion picture production, distribution, exhibition and reception has always been a transnational phenomenon, yet East Germany, situated at the edge of the post-war Iron Curtain, separated by a boundary that became materialized in the Berlin Wall in 1961, resembles nothing if not an island, a protected space where film production developed under the protection of government subsidy and ideological purity. This volume proposes on the contrary that the GDR cinema was never just a monologue. Rather, its media landscape was characterized by constant dialogue, if not competition, with both the capitalist West and socialist East. These thirteen essays reshape DEFA cinema studies by exploring international networks, identifying lines of influence beyond national boundaries and recognizing genre qualities that surpass the temporal and spatial confines. The international team of film specialists present detailed analyses of over fifty films, including fiction features, adaptations of literary classics, children's films, documentaries, and examples from genres such as music, sci-fi, Westerns and crime films. With contributions by Seán Allan, Hunter Bivens, Benita Blessing, Barton Byg, Jaimey Fisher, Sabine Hake, Nick Hodgin, Manuel Köppen, Anke Pinkert, Larson Powell, Brad Prager, Marc Silberman, Stefan Soldovieri, andHenning Wrage.

The Historiography of the Holocaust

By then, East German communists, Jews and non-Jews, understood that sympathy for the Jews as expressed by Merker was not ... as did Frank Beyer, who made a film about Buchenwald and another of life in a Polish Jewish ghetto under Nazi ...

Author: D. Stone

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230524507

Category: History

Page: 573

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This collection of essays by leading scholars in their fields provides the most comprehensive and up-to-date survey of Holocaust historiography available. Covering both long-established historical disputes as well as research questions and methodologies that have developed in the last decade's massive growth in Holocaust Studies, this collection will be of enormous benefit to students and scholars alike.

Historical Dictionary of German Cinema

Films in East Germany took as their point of departure the need to differentiate the new Socialist Germany from the ... In 1979, the American miniseries Holocaust (Marvin J. Chomsky, 1978) played on German television to a wide audience.

Author: Robert C. Reimer

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781538119402

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 546

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Historical Dictionary of German Cinema, Second Edition contains a chronology, an introduction, appendixes and a bibliography. The dictionary section has over 200 cross-referenced entries on directors, actors, films, cinematographers, composers, producers, and major historical events that affected the direction and development of German cinema.

Rereading East Germany

Kurt Maetzig's Ernst Thälmann Films, the Antifascism Myth, and the Politics of Biography in the German Democratic Republic', ... For a wider discussion of this issue, see David Bathrick, 'Holocaust Film before the Holocaust.



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