Reframing Antifascism Memory, Genre and the Life Writings of Greta Kuckhoff

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-11-13
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Greta Kuckhoff belonged to the anti-Nazi resistance group 'The Red Orchestra' and was condemned to death in 1943. Her sentence was later commuted to imprisonment and she was liberated by the Red Army in 1945. She spent the next thirty years working to commemorate the group's antifascist resistance. Through radio broadcasts, letters, exhibitions, journal articles, film, and autobiography, she fought against Cold War narratives which condemned the group as traitors or hailed them as Soviet spies. Using previously unpublished archival sources, this book traces the fascinating life writings of this key figure from the GDR. It draws attention to gendered politics of remembering, to the role of memories of the Holocaust, and to the political identities offered by these diverse forms of commemoration. In doing so, it provocatively intervenes in the contentious debates about remembering antifascism in contemporary Germany.

Author Biography

Joanne Sayner is Lecturer in Cultural Theory and German Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK. She has published on German women's writing and the politics of remembering the GDR and Nazi pasts. Her previous book Women Without a Past?: German Autobiographical Writings and Fascism was published in 2007.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Abbreviations
Introduction: Memories of Resistance
1. 'The Radio Today is Our History': Greta Kuckhoff's Radio Broadcasts and Speeches
2. Fashioning the Self and the Recipient in Letters: Kuckhoff's Correspondence
3. Exhibiting the 'Red Orchestra'
4. From Einheit to Die Weltbühne: Kuckhoff's Journal Articles on Resistance
5. A Film without a Protagonist? KLK an PTX: Die Rote Kapelle
6. From the Rosary to the Nightingale: Memory as Published and Unpublished Autobiography

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