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Window and wall : Berlin, the Third Reich, and the German question in the United States, 1933-1999 / by Brian Craig Etheridge.

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    This dissertation examines representations of Germans during and after the Cold War. More specifically, it explores how during this period the American cultural landscape was populated by several mass media “sites of memory,” places where collective memories and understandings of Germans in the United States were revealed, constituted, and contested. It investigates how American and German actors, both public and private, attempted to create, promote, manipulate and suppress certain representations. It uses the notion of “interpretive communities” to organize and discuss the various responses to these images. Ultimately, it argues that two main narratives—a World War narrative and a Cold War narrative—structured American interpretations of the Germans. The World War narrative, symbolized primarily by the Third Reich and the Holocaust, portrayed the Germans as unreconstructed Nazis still bent on world conquest, whereas the Cold War narrative, primarily through the symbol of Berlin, depicted the Germans as brave democrats dedicated to the defense of the West. The dissertation examines how these different narratives competed for dominance and how they fared in light of different international and domestic contexts.
    Format
    Book
    Author/Creator
    Etheridge, Brian Craig, 1973-
    Published
    2002
    Locale
    Germany
    Berlin (Germany)
    United States
    Notes
    Thesis (Ph. D.)--Ohio State University, 2002.
    Includes bibliographical references (p. 307-326).
    Photocopy. Ann Arbor, Mich. : UMI Dissertation Services, 2003. 22 cm.
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    English
    Additional Form
    Electronic version(s) available internally at USHMM.
    Physical Description
    viii, 326 p.

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