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By Stephen Brockmann

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ISBN-13: 9781571132987

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Within the fast aftermath of the second one global conflict, German intellectuals and writers have been compelled to confront probably the main tough complicated of difficulties ever confronted via sleek intellectuals within the western global: the entire defeat and devastation in their kingdom, the crimes of the Hitler dictatorship, the onset of the chilly conflict, and finally the political department of the country. To a wide volume those debates happened in literature and literary discourse, they usually proceed to have urgent relevance for Germany this day, while the rustic is rediscovering and exploring this formerly overlooked interval in literature and picture. but the interval has been ignored in scholarship, and is little understood; for the 1st time in English, this e-book deals a scientific review of the hotly contested highbrow debates of this era: the matter of German guilt, the query of the go back of literary and political ?migr?s resembling Thomas Mann, the relevance of the cultural culture of German humanism for the postwar interval, the specter of nihilism, the politicization of literature, and the prestige of German kids who were indoctrinated by means of the Nazis. Stephen Brockmann demanding situations the bought knowledge that the speedy postwar interval in Germany was once intellectually barren, characterised basically by way of silence at the significant problems with the day; he finds, as well as makes an attempt to obfuscate these matters, a German intellectual--and literary--world characterised by way of a frequently excessive point of debate and debate. Stephen Brockmann is professor of German at Carnegie Mellon collage. he's the recipient of the 2007 DAAD (German educational trade carrier) Prize for individual Scholarship in German and eu Studies/Humanities.

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Walter Delabar, Was tun? Romane am Ende der Weimarer Republik (Opladen: Westdeutscher Verlag, 1999), 25. ”4 The extent to which the more general problem of German guilt — whether differentiated or not — became associated in the immediate postwar period with the undifferentiated concept of collective guilt (Kollektivschuld) requires explanation, since virtually none of the major participants in the debate, even Germany’s staunchest foes, subscribed to the notion that every single German was equally guilty for the crimes of the Third Reich.

2, Autoren, Sprache, Traditionen 89–100 (Berlin: Argument, 1983). 41 Vaillant, Der Ruf, 139. “unbedingten Fanatismus zur Wahrheit,” “wir müssen wieder lernen einfach, echt . . ” Hans Werner Richter, Briefe, ed. Sabine Cofalla (Munich: Hanser, 1997), 13; also cited in Parkes and White, “Introduction,” iv. ” W. G. Sebald, “Der Schriftsteller Alfred Andersch,” in Sebald, Luftkrieg und Literatur, 121–60; here, 157. Alternative English translation: “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: On Alfred Andersch,” in Sebald, On the Natural History of Destruction, 105–42; here, 139.

78 Criminal guilt, on the other hand, is limited only to those persons who have actually committed clearly defined crimes, and who have been found guilty by a duly constituted court of law. In contrast to many ordinary Germans, who viewed the Nuremberg trials as an affront to the entire German people, Jaspers argues that because the Nuremberg tribunal clearly limits the concept of criminal guilt to a relatively small number of criminals, it actually relieves the German people of the accusation of criminal guilt — while simultaneously making their political guilt even clearer.

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