By Catherine Plum
Antifascism After Hitler investigates the antifascist tales, reminiscence websites and early life reception that have been severe 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 realization, of the main effective ancient narratives to permeate adolescence schooling turned stories of communist resistors who fought opposed to fascism and the heroic deeds of the purple military in global warfare II. those tales and iconic photographs illustrate the message that used to be awarded to school-age young ones and youth in phases as they complicated via university and took part within the authentic communist formative years organisations and different actions.
This textual content gives you the 1st accomplished research of teenage antifascism within the GDR, extending scholarship past the extent of the nation to contemplate the standard contributions of neighborhood associations and adolescence mentors chargeable 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 could possibly now not thoroughly dictate how those tales will be advised, with reminiscence intermediaries changing from time to time the narrative and message. utilizing numerous basic resources 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, whilst 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