A Past Without Shadow (Children's Literature and Culture) by Zohar Shavit

By Zohar Shavit

A earlier with out Shadow examines 50 years of German kid's books within which the darkest horrors of the 3rd Reich have repeatedly remained hidden. The horrors of the 3rd Reich are systematically screened and filtered, permitting the darker, bleaker components of historical past 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 means that the Germans themselves had no hand within the ache inflicted at the Jews. those books, Shavit argues, have created the fake historic lesson that the true 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 e-book is a warning call for a person all in favour of German kid's literature and its accountability to previous and destiny.

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Nonetheless, a majority of the keys structure the dozens of texts analyzed in this study. Stated differently, when a certain period, event, or figure is described in the texts, the portrayal is nearly certain to conform to the fundamental keys presented here. A past without shadow 24 The Keys Time The story of the Third Reich takes place within fixed temporal boundaries. It begins with World War I or the subsequent period of inflation and unemployment, describes Hitler’s rise to power, generally shuns the years of the Final Solution, and resumes during the final years of the war.

He also compiled the documentary volume Die soldatische Tat. Berichte von Mitkämpfern des Heeres. Der Kampf im Osten 1941/42 (The Soldierly Deed. Reports by Combatants. The Battle in the East 1941/42). Steuben’s books enjoyed great popularity during the Third Reich and he received numerous awards, including the Hans Schemm Prize for 1938–1939. His juvenile works published during the Nazi era continued to be reissued in large printings after the war. Thus, for example, his Native American book Tecumseh, first published between 1930 and 1939, was reprinted in Germany beginning in 1949 and became immensely popular.

The figure of Anne Frank was presented as part of the human family, not the collective tragedy of the Jews. By means of these theatrical adaptations, the diary became a testimony to hope. The story’s ending is cast in a dim light, and its “positive” aspects are stressed. Anne Frank herself becomes a symbol of the universal victim. Her Jewishness, already quite blurred in the original version (Gilman 1986, pp. 349–350), becomes even less distinct, leading Meyer Levin (1973) to wage a prolonged A past without shadow 12 struggle against the stage version of the diary, claiming that it distorted Anne’s Jewish character (Graver 1995).

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