By Zohar Shavit
A previous with out Shadow examines 50 years of German kid's books during which the darkest horrors of the 3rd Reich have many times remained hidden. The horrors of the 3rd Reich are systematically screened and filtered, permitting the darker, bleaker components of historical past to flee illumination. the following Zohar Shavit explores 345 German books for kids describing the 3rd Reich and the Holocaust, and reveals a stunning distortion of the prior: a recurrent narrative which means that the Germans themselves had no hand within the pain 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 to be had in English, this booklet is a serious warning call for somebody desirous about German kid's literature and its accountability to earlier and destiny.
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Critics disagree about Richter’s highly influential and widely read Damals war es Friedrich. In the introduction to the catalog produced for the 1995 Berlin exhibition on German children’s literature on the Third Reich and the Holocaust, Ehe alles Legende wird (Before All Becomes Legend), Rüdiger Steinlein observed that there is no general agreement today on the merits of Richter’s book (Steinlein 1995, p. 15). Dahrendorf The development of German Children's Literature 17 believes its historical contribution has been significant, despite what he regards as its problematic aesthetic quality (Dahrendorf 1995, p.
50) cites works by Clara Asscher-Pinkhof, Leonie Ossowski, and Lisa Tetzner, which were reissued and enjoyed numerous large printings. Yet, aside from Asscher-Pinkhof s book, it is not surprising that the texts mentioned by Sannes-Müller enjoyed immense success. As is elaborated in Parts II and III, these books were central to, and manifested, the German public discourse. Various scholars link this development primarily with the fact that children’s literature turned anti-authoritarian, concurrently undergoing a process of generational transition that served to facilitate the great thematic and poetic shift.
Toward the end of the A past without shadow 10 1950s, more books depicting fleeing Germans and expulsion began to appear. All researchers agree on this point: the 1945–1959 period has been dubbed the “era of flight and expulsion” (“Flucht und Vertreibung”) (see Cloer 1983, p. 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).
A Past Without Shadow (Children's Literature and Culture) by Zohar Shavit