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The Temptation of Despair

Tales of the 1940s

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$40.00 • £32.95 • €36.00

ISBN 9780674052437

Publication Date: 04/28/2014


400 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

44 halftones

Belknap Press


  • Introduction: Before Success
  • 1. March 29, 1945: Between the No Longer and the Not Yet: Peace Breaks Out Gradually in Central Europe
  • 2. May 7, 1945: Malevolent Rectangles of Spectral Horror: A Photographer and His Subject
  • 3. June 23, 1945: After Dachau: Of Private Vengeance, Collective Guilt, Life in Ruins, Population Transfers, and Displaced Persons
  • 4. October 4, 1945: Dilemmas of Denazification: Karl Loewenstein, Carl Schmitt, Military Occupation, and Militant Democracy
  • 5. January 8, 1946: Are You Occupied Territory? Black G.I.s in Fiction of the Occupation
  • 6. April 24, 1946: The Race Problem in the House on Lilac Road: Occupation Children and the Film Toxi
  • 7. August 20, 1948 / May 6, 1977: Heil, Johnny: Billy Wilder’s A Foreign Affair; or, The Denazification of Erika von Schlütow
  • Coda: Comic Relief?
  • Afterword
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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