The Great War and German Memory: Society, Politics and Psychological Trauma, 1914-1945

TitleThe Great War and German Memory: Society, Politics and Psychological Trauma, 1914-1945
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsCrouthamel, Jason
Number of Pages288
PublisherUniversity of Exeter Press
CityExeter, UK
Abstract

Under Weimar Germany and the Third Reich, the mentally disabled survivor of the trenches became a focus of debate between competing social and political groups, each attempting to construct their own versions of the national community and the memory of the war experience. Views on class, war, masculinity and social deviance were shaped and in some cases altered by the popularized debates involving these traumatized members of society. Through the tortured words of these men and women, Jason Crouthamel reveals a current of protest against prevailing institutions and official memory -- and especially the Nazi celebration of war as the cornerstone of the 'healthy' male psyche -- that has remained hidden until now. He shows how these 'social outsiders' attempted to reform healthcare and reconstruct notions of 'comradeship' and 'manliness' in this highly militarized society.

URLhttp://dx.doi.org.libproxy.lib.unc.edu/10.5949/liverpool/9780859898423.001.0001
Short TitleThe Great War and German Memory
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