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Author Jarausch, Konrad Hugo, author.

Title Broken lives : how ordinary Germans experienced the twentieth century / Konrad H. Jarausch.

Publication Info. Princeton ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, [2018]


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Description xiii, 446 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Gender group: gdr Men lcdgt
Nationality/regional group: nat Germans lcdgt
Occupational/field of activity group: occ Historians lcdgt
Occupational/field of activity group: occ University and college faculty members lcdgt
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [383]-435) and index.
Contents Introduction: Narratives of German experiences -- PART I: PREWAR CHILDHOOD -- 1. Imperial ancestors -- 2. Weimar children -- 3. Nazi adolescents -- PART II: WARTIME YOUTH -- 4. Male violence -- 5. Female struggles -- 6. Victims' suffering -- PART III: POSTWAR ADULTHOOD -- 7. Defeat as new beginning -- 8. Democratic maturity -- 9. Communist disappointment -- Conclusion: Memories of fractured lives.
Summary The author offers an account of the twentieth century as seen through the eyes of ordinary Germans who came of age under Hitler - and whose lives were scarred and sometimes destroyed by what they saw and did. Drawing on six dozen memoirs by the generation of Germans born in the 1920s, the author chronicles the unforgettable stories of people who lived through the Third Reich, World War II, the Holocaust, and Cold War partition, but also participated in Germany's astonishing postwar recovery, reunification, and rehabilitation. Written decades after the events, these testimonies, many of them unpublished, look back on the mistakes of young people caught up in the Nazi movement. In many, early enthusiasm turns to deep disillusionment as the price of complicity with a brutal dictatorship - fighting at the front, aerial bombing at home, murder in the concentration camps - becomes clear. Bringing together the voices of men and women, perpetrators and victims, this book reveals the human details of historical events and offers insights about persistent questions. Why did so many Germans support Hitler through years of wartime sacrifice and Nazi inhumanity? How did they finally distance themselves from this racist dictatorship and come to embrace human rights? The author argues that this generation's focus on its own suffering, often maligned by historians, ultimately led to a more critical understanding of national identity - one that helped transform Germany from a military aggressor into a pillar of European democracy. -- Provided by publisher.
Subject Political culture -- Germany.
Germany -- History -- 20th century.
Germany -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Germany -- Economic conditions -- 20th century.
Economic history. (OCoLC)fst00901974
Political culture. (OCoLC)fst01069263
Social conditions. (OCoLC)fst01919811
Germany. (OCoLC)fst01210272
Chronological Term 1900-1999
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 9780691174587

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