By Catherine Plum
Antifascism After Hitler investigates the antifascist tales, reminiscence websites and adolescence reception that have been serious to the good fortune of political schooling in East German faculties and extracurricular actions. because the German Democratic Republic (GDR) promoted nationwide identification and socialist attention, of the main effective ancient narratives to permeate formative years schooling turned stories of communist resistors who fought opposed to fascism and the heroic deeds of the crimson military in international struggle II. those tales and iconic pictures illustrate the message that used to be awarded to school-age childrens and teens in phases as they complicated via college and took part within the legit communist formative years firms and different actions.
This textual content supplies the 1st complete examine of teen antifascism within the GDR, extending scholarship past the extent of the country to contemplate the typical contributions of neighborhood associations and formative years mentors answerable for conveying tales and commemorative practices to generations born in the course of WWII and after the defeat of fascism. whereas the govt. sought to exploit educators and previous resistance opponents as ideological surprise troops, it might probably no longer thoroughly dictate how those tales will be informed, with reminiscence intermediaries changing now and then the narrative and message. utilizing numerous basic assets together with oral background interviews, the writer additionally assesses how scholars seen antifascism, with reactions starting from powerful id to indifference and dissent. Antifascist schooling and commemoration have been by no means easily state-prescribed and weren't as "participation-less" as a few students and modern observers declare, at the same time educators fought a wasting conflict to take care of enthusiasm.
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Antifascism After Hitler: East German Youth and Socialist Memory, 1949-1989 (Routledge Studies in Modern European History) by Catherine Plum