German Diasporic Experiences

Author: Mathias Schulze
Editor: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press
ISBN: 1554580277
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Co-published with the Waterloo Centre for German Studies For centuries, large numbers of German-speaking people have emigrated from settlements in Europe to other countries and continents. In German Diasporic Experiences: Identity, Migration, and Loss, more than forty international contributors describe and discuss aspects of the history, language, and culture of these migrant groups, individuals, and their descendants. Part I focuses on identity, with essays exploring the connections among language, politics, and the construction of histories—national, familial, and personal—in German-speaking diasporic communities around the world. Part II deals with migration, examining such issues as German migrants in postwar Britain, German refugees and forced migration, and the immigrant as a fictional character, among others. Part III examines the idea of loss in diasporic experience with essays on nationalization, language change or loss, and the reshaping of cultural identity. Essays are revised versions of papers presented at an international conference held at the University of Waterloo in August 2006, organized by the Waterloo Centre for German Studies, and reflect the multidisciplinarity and the global perspective of this field of study.

Constructing A German Diaspora

Author: Stefan Manz
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 131765823X
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This book takes on a global perspective to unravel the complex relationship between Imperial Germany and its diaspora. Around 1900, German-speakers living abroad were tied into global power-political aspirations. They were represented as outposts of a "Greater German Empire" whose ethnic links had to be preserved for their own and the fatherland’s benefits. Did these ideas fall on fertile ground abroad? In the light of extreme social, political, and religious heterogeneity, diaspora construction did not redeem the all-encompassing fantasies of its engineers. But it certainly was at work, as nationalism "went global" in many German ethnic communities. Three thematic areas are taken as examples to illustrate the emergence of globally operating organizations and communication flows: Politics and the navy issue, Protestantism, and German schools abroad as "bulwarks of language preservation." The public negotiation of these issues is explored for localities as diverse as Shanghai, Cape Town, Blumenau in Brazil, Melbourne, Glasgow, the Upper Midwest in the United States, and the Volga Basin in Russia. The mobilisation of ethno-national diasporas is also a feature of modern-day globalization. The theoretical ramifications analysed in the book are as poignant today as they were for the nineteenth century.

German Rocketeers In The Heart Of Dixie

Author: Monique Laney
Editor: Yale University Press
ISBN: 030021345X
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This thought-provoking study by historian Monique Laney focuses on the U.S. government–assisted integration of German rocket specialists and their families into a small southern community soon after World War II. In 1950, Wernher von Braun and his team of rocket experts relocated to Huntsville, Alabama, a town that would celebrate the team, despite their essential role in the recent Nazi war effort, for their contributions to the U.S. Army missile program and later to NASA’s space program. Based on oral histories, provided by members of the African American and Jewish communities, and by the rocketeers’ families, co-workers, friends, and neighbors, Laney’s book demonstrates how the histories of German Nazism and Jim Crow in the American South intertwine in narratives about the past. This is a critical reassessment of a singular time that links the Cold War, the Space Race, and the Civil Rights era while addressing important issues of transnational science and technology, and asking Americans to consider their country’s own history of racism when reflecting on the Nazi past.

Transnational Networks

Editor: BRILL
ISBN: 9004229574
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The volume questions traditional nation-centred narratives of the Empire as an exclusively British undertaking by concentrating on the transnational networks of German migrants, pursued over more than two centuries in a multitude of geographical settings within the British Empire.

Between Minority And Majority

Author: Levente Salat
Editor: Balassi Institute
ISBN: 9638958383
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On May 4-6, 2011 in cooperation with historians from Hungary and Israel, the Balassi Institute organized a conference entitled “Between Minority and Majority” on the history of the Hungarian and Jewish diaspora and the shifting meanings of notions of Hungarian and Jewish identity. The conference had the support of Deputy Prime Minister Tibor Navracsis and József Pálinkás, the president of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Aliza bin Noun, at the time the Israeli ambassador to Hungary, gave an opening speech. An exhibition of a selection of the pictures of photographer Doron Ritter was also held in connection with the conference. The exhibition, which was entitled From the Old Country to the New Home – Hungarian Speaking Jews in Israel, was held again in October the same year, in Zagreb, Croatia. This book contains essays based on the presentations given at the conference. CONTENT Preface (Pál Hatos – Attila Novák) - 7 Levente Salat The Notion of Political Community in View of Majority–Minority Relations - 9 Tamás Turán Two Peoples, Seventy Nations: Parallels of National Destiny in Hungarian Intellectual History and Ancient Jewish Thought - 44 Viktória Bányai The Hebrew Language as a Means of Forging National Unity: Ideologies Related to the Hebrew Language at the Beginning of the 19th and the 20th Centuries - 74 Victor Karády Education and the Modern Jewish Experience in Central Europe - 86 Raphael Vago Israel-Diaspora Relations: Mutual Images, Expectation, Frustrations - 100 Szabolcs Szita A Few Questions Regarding the Return of Hungarian Deportees: the Example of the Mauthausen Concentration Camp - 111 Judit Frigyesi Is there Such a Thing as Hungarian-Jewish Music? - 122 Guy Miron Exile, Diaspora and the Promised Land – Jewish Future Images in Nazi Dominated Europe - 147 Tamás Gusztáv Filep Hungarian Jews of Upper Hungary in Hungarian Public Life in Czechoslovakia (1918/19–1938) - 167 Attila Gidó From Hungarian to Jew: Debates Concerning the Future of the Jewry of Transylvania in the 1920s - 185 Balázs Ablonczy Curse and Supplications: Letters to Prime Minister Pál Teleki following the Enactment of the Second Anti-Jewish Law - 200 Attila Novák In Whose Interests? Transfer Negotiations between the Jewish Agency, the National Bank of Hungary and the Hungarian Government (1938–1939) - 211 András Kovács Stigma and Renaissance - 222 Attila Papp Z. Ways of Interpretation of Hungarian-American Ethnic-Based Public Life and Identity - 228 About the Authors - 259

Cultural Exchange In German Literature

Author: Eleoma Joshua
Editor: Camden House
ISBN: 9781571133601
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The influence of foreign cultures on German literature and other cultural productions since the 18th century.


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Transatlantic Cultural Exchange

Author: Katharina Gerund
Editor: transcript Verlag
ISBN: 3839422736
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From Josephine Baker's performances in the 1920s to the 1970s solidarity campaigns for Angela Davis, from Audre Lorde as »mother« of the Afro-German movement in the 1980s to the literary stardom of 1993 Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison, Germans have actively engaged with African American women's art and activism throughout the 20th century. The discursive strategies that have shaped the (West) German reactions to African American women's social activism and cultural work are examined in this study, which proposes not only a nuanced understanding of »African Americanizations« as a form of cultural exchange but also sheds new light on the role of African American culture for (West) German society, culture, and national identity.

Border Visions

Author: Jakub Kazecki
Editor: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 0810890518
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This book offers an overview of global cinema that addresses borders as spaces of hybridity and change. In this collection of essays, contributors examine how cinema portrays conceptions of borderlands informed by knowledge, politics, art, memory, and lived experience, and how these constructions contribute to a changing global community. These essays analyze a variety of international feature films and documentaries that focus on the lives, cultures, and politics of borderlands. The essays discuss the ways in which conflicts and their resolutions occur in borderlands and how they are portrayed on film. The volume pays special attention to contemporary Europe, where the topic of shifting border identities is one of the main driving forces in processes of European unification.

Turkish German Cinema In The New Millennium

Author: Sabine Hake
Editor: Berghahn Books
ISBN: 0857457691
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In the last five years of the twentieth century, films by the second and third generation of the so-called German guest workers exploded onto the German film landscape. Self-confident, articulate, and dynamic, these films situate themselves in the global exchange of cinematic images, citing and rewriting American gangster narratives, Kung Fu action films, and paralleling other emergent European minority cinemas. This, the first book-length study on the topic, will function as an introduction to this emergent and growing cinema and offer a survey of important films and directors of the last two decades. In addition, it intervenes in the theoretical debates about Turkish German culture by engaging with different methodological approaches that originate in film studies.