Between national socialism and soviet communism: Displaced persons in postwar Germany

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"Though its primary focus is on the immediate postwar, Between National Socialism and Soviet Communism will surely illuminate the contemporary crisis around citizenship and definitions of Germanness in the context of European Union and globalization." -Geoff Eley, University of Michigan In May of 1945, there were more than eight million "displaced persons" (or DPs) in Germany-recently liberated foreign workers, concentration camp prisoners, and prisoners of war from all of Nazi-occupied Europe, as well as eastern Europeans who had fled west before the advancing Red Army. Although most of them quickly returned home, it soon became clear that large numbers of eastern European DPs could or would not do so. . In the aftermath of National Socialism, Germany thus ironically became a temporary home for a large population of "foreigners." Focusing on Bavaria, in the heart of the American occupation zone, Between National Socialism and Soviet Communism examines the cultural and political worlds that four groups of displaced persons-Polish, Ukrainian, Russian, and Jewish-created in Germany during the late 1940s and early 1950s. The volume investigates the development of refugee communities and how divergent interpretations of National Socialism and Soviet Communism defined these displaced groups. Combining German and eastern European history, Anna Holian draws on a rich array of sources in cultural and political history and engages the broader literature on displacement in the fields of anthropology, sociology, political theory, and cultural studies. Her book will interest students and scholars of German, eastern European, and Jewish history; migration and refugees; and human rights.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherUniversity of Michigan Press
Number of pages367
ISBN (Print)9780472117802
StatePublished - 2011

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Communism
Displaced Persons
National Socialism
Germany
Refugees
European History
Workers
1950s
Citizenship
Globalization
Sociology
Jewish History
Concentration Camps
Cultural History
1940s
Bavaria
Human Rights
Prisoners of War
Cultural Studies
Anthropology

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Between national socialism and soviet communism : Displaced persons in postwar Germany. / Holian, Anna.

University of Michigan Press, 2011. 367 p.

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