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Mittelbau-Dora: American and German Representations of a Nazi Concentration Camp: Literature, Visual Media and the Culture of Memory from 1945 to the Present (Lettre) Paperback – December 6, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-3837613575 ISBN-10: 3837613577
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Bruno Arich-Gerz (Dr. phil.) is Juniorprofessor at the TU Darmstadt, Germany. His fields of research include American Studies/Media Studies, E-Learning, Thomas Pynchon, and Namibia Studies.

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  • Series: Lettre
  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Transcript-Verlag (December 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3837613577
  • ISBN-13: 978-3837613575
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,712,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Mittelbau-Dora: American and German Representations of a Nazi Concentration Camp" is a very interesting comparative study of the literature (fiction and nonfiction) and different visual media presentations (both film and stage) of the stories that have come through Dora. The author's interest in showing the American and German representations should interest anyone studying the presentation of the holocaust. I thought the section about the different genre's of witness testimony was fascinating. My grandfather was a survivor of Dora and I could easily classify his stories with Arich-Gerz's examples. I have also used this book as a source to locate other books on the subject - and immediately know the style and approach each source will present.

The issue of American and German representations is very interesting. Arich-Gerz discusses that when American's present the Holocaust it is usually in terms of ideals. The Nazis had this particular ideology which is diametrically opposed to the American ideals. The style of presentation is difficult when a German presents these the same events. When reading about this I was reminded of the great documentary "Night and Fog" (Nuit et brouillard) which presents the events of the Holocaust not in terms of "this specific group of people did these things to this other group of people," rather the film shows elements within society, that when allowed to stew, could lead to genocide. The final warning is one of "be watchful... this could happen again. And it could happen any where."

Perhaps the only complaint that I have about the book thus far is the academic style of writing. I would have liked a little more of an easier read, but the subject matter really pulled me through.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jerry G. Meents on November 14, 2010
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This is an exelent book about people who write fake stories about the Holocaust and WWII.
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