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West German film-makers have tried repeatedly over the past half-century to come to terms with Germany's stigmatized history. How can Hitler and the Holocaust, how can the complicity and shame of the average German be narrated and visualized? How can Auschwitz be reconstructed? Anton Kaes argues that a major shift in German attitudes occurred in the mid-1970s - a shift best illustrated in films of the New German Cinema, which have focused less on guilt and atonement than on personal memory and yearning for a national identity.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674324565
ISBN-10: 0674324560
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 155mm x 19mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 6-Mar-1992
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Anton Kaes

Anton Kaes is Chancellor Professor of German and Film Studies at the University of California at Berkeley.

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