By Zohar Shavit
A previous with no Shadow examines 50 years of German kid's books during which the darkest horrors of the 3rd Reich have frequently 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 unearths a stunning distortion of the earlier: a recurrent narrative which implies that the Germans themselves had no hand within the agony inflicted at the Jews. those books, Shavit argues, have created the fake ancient 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 publication is a warning sign for someone desirous about German kid's literature and its accountability to earlier and destiny.
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Moreover, positive reviews notwithstanding, a number of books published earlier and virtually forgotten were reissued during this period. Lisa Tetzner’s series was republished in 1980. Leonie Ossowski’s Stern ohne Himmel (Star Without a Sky), which had appeared in East Germany in 1958 and adapted for stage in 1959, was published in a West German edition in 1978. Damals war es Friedrich came out in a paperback edition in 1974. In this context, Sannes-Müller (1988, p. 50) cites works by Clara Asscher-Pinkhof, Leonie Ossowski, and Lisa Tetzner, which were reissued and enjoyed numerous large printings.
According to Otto, the number of books in this category dropped from twenty-eight titles in 1960–1964 to twelve in the 1965–1969 period, rising once again to twenty-four during 1970–1974 (Otto 1981, p. 66). Scholars agree that the beginning of the great wave of books on the Third Reich can be traced to the mid-1970s. During the subsequent twenty-year period, more children’s books on the Third Reich were published than in the preceding thirty years. Whether we base our conclusions on Otto’s statistics, the Das Vergangene ist nicht tot (The Past Is Not Dead) catalog, or the data compiled during the research for this study, it is evident that the majority of German children’s books on the Third Reich appeared in the mid1970s and later.
It describes the villages and large cities in Germany, as well as some areas in the east, mainly the Sudetenland from which German inhabitants were expelled. Some of the stories mention the Russian steppe as a backdrop to the German soldiers who were killed. The great bulk of the territories conquered and occupied by the Germans in World War II do not feature in the books’ geographical repertoire. Most of the books make no mention of concentration camps. Jews’ Exceptional Abilities Jews enjoy exceptional abilities in all spheres, both material and intellectual, giving them an a priori advantage over Germans.