By Catherine Plum
Antifascism After Hitler investigates the antifascist tales, reminiscence websites and adolescence reception that have been serious to the luck of political schooling in East German colleges and extracurricular actions. because the German Democratic Republic (GDR) promoted nationwide id and socialist cognizance, of the main powerful old narratives to permeate adolescence schooling grew to become stories of communist resistors who fought opposed to fascism and the heroic deeds of the crimson military in international warfare II. those tales and iconic photos illustrate the message that used to be offered to school-age young children and teenagers in levels as they complex via college and took part within the respectable communist adolescence enterprises and different actions.
This textual content offers the 1st complete examine of adlescent antifascism within the GDR, extending scholarship past the extent of the kingdom to think about the standard contributions of neighborhood associations and formative years mentors accountable 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 combatants as ideological surprise troops, it might probably now not thoroughly dictate how those tales will be instructed, with reminiscence intermediaries changing from time to time the narrative and message. utilizing quite a few fundamental resources together with oral heritage interviews, the writer additionally assesses how scholars seen antifascism, with reactions starting from robust identity 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, while educators fought a wasting conflict to keep up 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