A Past without Shadow
Constructing the Past in German Books for Children
By (author) Zohar Shavit
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Past without Shadow by Zohar Shavit
Book DescriptionA Past Without Shadow examines 50 years of German children's books in which the darkest horrors of the Third Reich have routinely remained hidden. The horrors of the Third Reich are systematically screened and filtered, allowing the darker, bleaker parts of history to escape illumination. Here Zohar Shavit explores 345 German books for children describing the Third Reich and the Holocaust, and finds a shocking distortion of the past: a recurrent narrative which suggests that the Germans themselves had no hand in the suffering inflicted on the Jews. These books, Shavit argues, have created the false historical lesson that the real victims of Hitler's crimes were the German people themselves. First published to great acclaim in Hebrew and now available in English, this book is a wake-up call for anyone concerned about German children's literature and its responsibility to past and future.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415969246
(229mm x 152mm x 29mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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In this study of postwar German children's books, Zohar Shavit argues that both Nazis & Jews are portrayed as equally 'foreign', revealing a troubling perspective on the German understanding of the Holocaust & how Germany wishes new generations to remember the history of the nation.
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Author Biography - Zohar Shavit
Zohar Shavit is Professor at the Unit for Culture Research, Tel Aviv University. Her many books include Poetics of Children's Literature and several books in German on the History of Books for Jewish Children in the German-speaking world. Shavit is also known for her translations of American children's classics, among them her translation of E. B. White's Charlotte's Web, which received the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for distinguished translation.
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