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Germany 1945 : Views of War and Violence



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Photographers from the U.S. Army's Signal Corps were with the troops that drove back Hitler's troops and occupied Germany at the end of WWII. Soon photos of death camps and starving POWs shocked the home front, providing ample evidence of Nazi brutality. Yet did the faces of the defeated Germans show remorse? The victors saw only arrogance, servility, and the resentment of a population thoroughly brainwashed by the Nazis. In fact, argues Dagmar Barnouw, the photographs from this period tell a more complex story and hold many clues for a better understanding of the recent German past.

Author Biography

Dagmar Barnouw was Professor of German and Comparative Literature, University of Southern California, until her sudden death in May 2008. Her books include Weimar Intellectuals and the Threat of Modernity (IUP, 1988) and Naipaul's Strangers (IUP, 2003), among other books of cultural criticism.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations Introduction: Views of War and Violence
Views of the Past: Memory and Historical Evidence
To Make Them See: Photography, Identification, and Identity
The Quality of Citory and the 'German Question': The Signal Corps Photography Album and Life Photo-Essays
What They Saw: Germany 1945 and Allied Photographers
Words and Images: German Questions Notes
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