By Zohar Shavit
A prior with out Shadow examines 50 years of German kid's books during which the darkest horrors of the 3rd Reich have mostly remained hidden. The horrors of the 3rd Reich are systematically screened and filtered, permitting the darker, bleaker elements of background to flee illumination. the following Zohar Shavit explores 345 German books for kids describing the 3rd Reich and the Holocaust, and reveals a stunning distortion of the previous: a recurrent narrative which implies that the Germans themselves had no hand within the discomfort inflicted at the Jews. those books, Shavit argues, have created the fake old lesson that the genuine sufferers of Hitler's crimes have been the German humans themselves. First released to nice acclaim in Hebrew and now to be had in English, this publication is a serious warning call for somebody excited by German kid's literature and its accountability to earlier and destiny.
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306–307), with the possible exception of Hans Baumann. Beginning in 1933, Baumann wrote books for children and adults, as well as plays and poems. One of his works, “Es zittern die morschen Knochen” (The Rotten Bones are Trembling), made him famous after being adopted as a popular marching song by the Hitler Youth. Even though Baumann was unable to overcome the Führer syndrome, Kaminski regards him as the only Third Reich writer whose postwar works show substantial change, as manifested in his attempt to confront the past, acknowledge guilt, and articulate honest remorse.
12; Dahrendorf 1996, p. 346). DahrendorFs view seems oddly naïve; he thinks that the link between poetics and thematics is so inconsequential that a new thematic system may be presented that employs an old model of poetics, without the latter imposing itself on the former. For such reason I am inclined to agree with the scholars who propose a different interpretation for this development. They argue that the change is manifest in the very fact that addressing the Third Reich became a fashionable trend, with numerous books written on the topic.
Though these works seem, prima facie, to be devoid of ideology, analysis shows that they surreptitiously draw upon the same values for which Weidenmann was commended during the Nazi era. Ideals such as honor (Ehre), toughness (Härte), and comradeship (Kameradschaft) played a central role in National Socialist fiction. The seemingly innocent works Weidenmann wrote after the war were imbued with a similar moral code, although this was now supplemented with the value of accomplishment (Kaminski 1987a,p.
A Past Without Shadow (Children's Literature and Culture) by Zohar Shavit