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Commemorating Hell : The Public Memory of Mittelbau-Dora

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This powerful, wide-ranging history of the Nazi concentration camp Mittelbau-Dora is the first book to analyze how memory of the Third Reich evolved throughout changes in the German regime from World War II to the present. Building on intimate knowledge of the history of the camp, where a third of the 60,000 prisoners did not survive the war, Gretchen Schafft and Gerhard Zeidler examine the political and cultural aspects of the camp's memorialization in East Germany and, after 1989, in unified Germany. Through the continuing story of Mittelbau-Dora, from its operation as a labor camp for the V-1 and V-2 rockets to its social construction as a monument, Schafft and Zeidler reflect an abiding interest in the memory and commemoration of notorious national events.show more

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  • Paperback | 216 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 17.78mm | 430.91g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252077881
  • 9780252077883

About Gretchen E. Schafft

Gretchen Schafft is Applied Anthropologist in Residence at American University and the author of From Racism to Genocide: Anthropology in the Third Reich.Gerhard Zeidler is a former archivist at the concentration camp memorial for Mittelbau-Dora.show more

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"Commemorating Hell is a fascinating and unique combination of social history and cultural analysis that uses the social memory of Mittelbau-Dora to analyze the personal and social processes of coming to grips with horrific past acts. It is among the best books examining the dark history of the Dora camp."--David Price, author of Anthropological Intelligence: The Deployment and Neglect of American Anthropology in the Second World Warshow more

Table of contents

Introduction ix 1. Conceptualizing Horror 1 2. The Camp Mittelbau-Dora 19 3. An End and a Beginning 39 4. The Change of Command 59 5. Shaping the New Land and Its Memories 77 6. The Mahn- und Gedenkstatte in the GDR 93 7. The Wall Comes Down 115 8. The Modern Gedenkstatte 137 9. Major Themes and Conclusions 152 Notes 169 Bibliography 183 Index 195show more

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