Frauen German Women Recall the Third Reich

ISBN-10: 0813522005
ISBN-13: 9780813522005
Edition: 1995
Authors: Alison Owings
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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 2/1/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 536
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.826
Language: English

What were the women of Germany doing during the Third Reich? What were they thinking? And what do they have to say a half century later? In Frauen we hear their voices - most for the first time. Alison Owings interviewed and here records the words of twenty-nine German women who were there: Working for the Resistance. Joining the Nazi Party. Outsmarting the Gestapo. Disliking a Jewish neighbor. Hiding a Jewish friend. Witnessing "Kristallnacht". Witnessing the firebombing of Dresden. Shooting at Allied planes. Welcoming Allied troops. Being a prisoner. And being a guard. The women recall their own and others' enthusiasm, doubt, fear, fury, cowardice, guilt, and anguish. Alison Owings, in her pursuit of such memories, was invited into the homes of these women. Because she is neither Jewish nor German, and because she speaks fluent colloquial German, many of the women she interviewed felt comfortable enough with her to unlock the past. What they have to say will surprise Americans, just as it surprised the women themselves. Not since Marcel Ophuls's controversial film The Sorrow and the Pity have we been on such intimate terms with "the enemy". In this case, the story is that of the women, those who did not make policy but who lived with its effects and witnessed its results. What they did and did not do is not just a reflection on them and their country - it also leads us to question what actions we might have taken in their place. The interviews do not allow for easy, smug answers.

Preface
Introduction
A Note about Language, Translation, and Truth
Idealism and Chasm
Motherhood Times Ten, and Food to Spare
A Matter of Fate
National Socialism and Christianity
Retrospective Guilt
The History Lesson
An "Exotic" Past
A Cosmopolitan View of the World
Learning How Communism Works
Solidarity and Survival
"We Did Love Our Fuhrer, Really!"
Before, During, and After the Firebombing
The Ambivalence of Avoidance
From the Emperor to a Mud Hole
Rural Perspectives
A Modest Woman of the Resistance
The Schisms of a "Flakwaffenhelferin"
On Megalomaniacs and Little People
Dissident Clergy and Dissident Actions
A Job in Its Own Category
A Child Not of the Times
"A Very Unpolitical Woman"
"I Was Alone. And I Had the Whole City Against Me."
"I Am Never Dishonest."
Life as a Cabaret
A Natural Matter of Friendship
Talking about Silence
Conclusion
Glossary
Acknowledgments
Index

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