Literature tips – Newsletter 3 – 2012

Literature tips

tl_files/images/aktuelles/Newsletter/Buchcover Beimler.jpg Beimler, Hans: Im Mörderlager Dachau. Edited, commented and with a biographical sketch by Friedbert
Mühldorfer. Cologne:
PapyRossa Verlag 2012
Shortly after his hazardous escape from the Dachau concentration camp
in May 1933, the Bavarian Communist and Reichstag deputy Hans Beimler wrote
about his ordeal. His published account was translated into several languages,
quoted in international newspapers – and in Germany circulated illegally. With
his report Hans Beimler hoped to galvanize resistance against the Nazi
dictatorship in Germany
and abroad. He worked underground for the Communists in France, Czechoslovakia,
and Switzerland before going
to Spain
and fighting on the side of the International Brigades against Franco. Hans
Beimler was killed on December 1, 1936 near Madrid.

For the first time his report is published in
the original version in the Federal Republic, supplemented by photographs, documents,
and an extensive biographical sketch as well as notes on the specific
circumstances of its writing and the broader historical context.


tl_files/images/aktuelles/Newsletter/Buchcover Kappel.jpg Kappel, Kai: Religiöse Erinnerungsorte in der KZ-Gedenkstätte Dachau. With an
essay by Björn Mensing and Ludwig Schmidinger. Berlin: Deutscher Kunstverlag
Established in March 1933 and so one of the
very first concentration camps, Dachau
has remained a synonym for the inhuman Nazi apparatus of repression down to the
present day. Almost immediately after liberation plans were formulated to alter
the Dachau camp
grounds by erecting Christian symbols and churches. Between 1960 and 1967, in
the context of setting up the Memorial Site, “places for meditation” were set
aside in the northern area of the former camp: the Catholic Mortal Agony of
Christ chapel, a Jewish memorial, and the internationally known Protestant
Church of Reconciliation. The Carmelite convent “Heilig Blut” as well as a
Russian Orthodox chapel followed. These religious places of remembrance in the Dachau camp stand for the
earnest intent to commemorate the victims of National Socialism. Their complex
building histories as well as their artworks are presented together for the
first time in this richly illustrated publication.


tl_files/images/aktuelles/Newsletter/Buchcover Osterloh.jpg Osterloh, Jörg; Vollnhals, Clemens (eds.):
NS–Prozesse und deutsche Öffentlichkeit. Besatzungszeit, frühe Bundesrepublik
und DDR. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2011 (= Schriften des
Hannah-Arendt-Instituts für Totalitarismusforschung; vol. 45)
In 20 articles the authors examine reactions in
the German public to the prominent trials against Nazi culprits which took
place during the years of occupation and the early period of the FRG and the
GDR, held before Allied and German courts. They reveal the differences and
interaction between criminal prosecution in the East and the West and show how
the public perception of the trials in the West zones and later the Federal Republic developed with all its
contradictions and inconsistencies. Initially a degree of latitude was also
granted to courts in the Soviet zone, only for the justice system and the
public domain to soon fall under the dictates of Communist Party propaganda.


tl_files/images/Buechercover/Buch Schwenke.jpg Schwenke, Kerstin: Dachauer Gedenkorte zwischen
Vergessen und Erinnern. Die Massengräber am Leitenberg und der ehemalige
SS-Schießplatz bei Hebertshausen nach 1945.
München: Utz 2012 (Dachauer
Diskurse; vol. 6)
Besides the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial
Site opened in 1965, which is frequented by several hundred thousand visitors
from around the world annually, there are two further less well-known places of
remembrance in Dachau: the Memorial Cemetery
on the Leitenberg and the former SS shooting range near Hebertshausen, where
some 4,000 Soviet prisoners of war were murdered in 1941/42. Published in the
“Dachauer Diskurse” series, the present study shows how the forms of
remembrance have changed over the decades at both locations.