Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow: Remembering Youth in Postwar by Kimberly A. Redding

By Kimberly A. Redding

Drawing on oral narratives and archival assets accrued in Berlin, this research explores how a few 35 Berliners have woven own stories, their city's divided previous, and their nation's complicated ancient legacy into cohesive lifestyles narratives and collective identities. Redding argues that day-by-day event in the course of the ultimate years of global warfare II inadvertently ready German formative years for defeat and career. whereas postwar officers lamented youth's obvious apathy, younger Berliners have been actually employing classes in pragmatism and self-reliance realized as nationwide Socialist society crumbled in 1944 and 1945. even supposing competing political forces strove to swiftly remobilize German formative years, younger Berliners took benefit of destabilized sociopolitical buildings of their war-torn urban to say autonomy and pursue own initiatives.

Their retrospective narratives demonstrate inventive efforts to say for themselves the traditional pleasures of contemporary formative years in the course of rubble. those money owed additionally reveal how chilly warfare ideologies and loyalties have knowledgeable thoughts of way of life in Allied occupied Berlin. In a broader experience, the examine sheds new gentle at the collective studies, thoughts, and self-perceptions of a new release of Germans who grew up in a global outlined by means of global struggle II and Allied career, rebuilt their devastated society below chilly struggle parameters, and at last negotiated the unification of the 2 successor states.

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