Kresge Library

History Comes Alive Series

Professor Derek K. Hastings will present the lecture "Municipal Memory: Negotiating the Legacy of the Holocaust in Postwar West Germany" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 24, 2006 in the Oakland Center Oakland Room). Professor Hastings is a specialist in modern German history and is Assistant Professor of History at Oakland University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, and is currently writing a book on the religious identity of the Nazi Party in its earliest years.

The Holocaust cast a long and complicated shadow across Europe after 1945, particularly in the divided land of the former perpetrators. In his talk Municipal Memory: Negotiating the Legacy of the Holocaust in Postwar West Germany, Derek Hastings will examine the ways in which the memory of the Holocaust was alternately effaced and emphasized in West German cities after the Second World War, as West Germans struggled to come to terms both with questions of collective guilt and the challenges of rebuilding devastated cities. Paying special attention to municipal architecture and trends in postwar consumer culture, this talk will strive to demonstrate how the simultaneous presence and absence of the tragic past became central to the remarkable transformation of West Germany from, literally, rubble to riches.

Articles and Books by Professor Hastings*:

Hastings, D. (2003). How "Catholic" Was the Early Nazi Movement? Religion, Race, and Culture in Munich, 1919-1924. Central European History 36(3): 383-433.

Hastings, Derek K. (2004). "Between Church and Culture: The Rise and Crisis of Progressive Catholicism in Munich, 1900-1924." (Doctoral dissertation, University of Chicago, 2004). Dissertation Abstracts International, 65(3), 1075A.

Articles related to this lecture*:

Bauer, Y. (1983). The death-marches, January-May 1945. Modern Judaism 3(1): 1-21.

Biro, M. (2003). Representation and Event: Anselm Kiefer, Joseph Beuys, and the Memory of the Holocaust. Yale Journal of Criticism 16(1): 113-146.

Fackenheim, E. L. (2001). Why the Holocaust is unique: with commentary by David Patterson. Judaism 50(4):. 438-447.

Heinegg, P. (1997). A starred witness takes the stand. Cross Currents 47: 86-91.

Herf, J. (2003). The Nazi extermination camps and the ally to the east: could the Red Army and air force have stopped or slowed the final solution? Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History 4(4): 913-930.

Herzog, D. (1998). "Pleasure, sex, and politics belong together": post-Holocaust memory and the sexual revolution in West Germany. Critical Inquiry 24: 393-444.

Kauders, A. D. (2003). History as Censure: "Repression" and "Philo-Semitism" in Postwar Germany. History & Memory 15(1): 97-122.

Kraft, H. (2000). Post-Shoah Jewish culture in Germany and Austria: an introduction. The German Quarterly 73(2): 145-150.

Panayi, P. (2003). Victims, Perpetrators and Bystanders in a German Town: The Jews of Osnabruck Before, During and After the Third Reich. European History Quarterly 33(4): 451-492.

Schweitzer, F.M. (1997). New perspectives on the Holocaust? The Historian 59 (3): 636-641.

Books related to this lecture:

Bark, D. L. (1989). A history of West Germany. Cambridge, Mass., USA : Blackwell.

Bartov, O. (2003). Germany’s war and the Holocaust : disputed histories. Ithaca : Cornell University Press.

Bergen, D. L. (2003). War & genocide : a concise history of the Holocaust. Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield.

Coping with the past : Germany and Austria after 1945 (1990). Madison, Wis. : University of Wisconsin Press.

The divided past : rewriting post-war German history (2001). New York : Berg.

Dülffer, J. (1996). Nazi Germany, 1933-1945 : faith and annihilation. New York, NY : St. Martin’s Press.

Dwork, D. (2002). Holocaust : a history. New York : Norton.

Rhodes, R. (2002). Masters of death : the SS-Einsatzgruppen and the invention of the Holocaust. New York : A.A. Knopf.

Santner, E. L. (1990). Stranded objects : mourning, memory, and film in postwar Germany. Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press.

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