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The Child’s View of the Third Reich in German Literature: The Eye Among the Blind

Debbie Pinfold


The child is a prominent figure in German literature and in German literary criticism alike. This book examines the ways in which German authors have used the child’s perspective to present the Third Reich. It examines a number of texts ranging from the 1930s to the 1980s. It also considers how children at this time were brought up and educated to accept unquestioningly National Socialist ideology, and thus questions the possibility of a traditional naive perspective on these events. Authors, as diverse as Günter Grass, Siegfried Lenz, and Christa Wolf, together with many less well-known write ... More

Keywords: german, third reich, national socialist, günter grass, siegfried lenz, christa wolf, nazism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780199245659
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199245659.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Debbie Pinfold, author
Lecturer in German, Brasenose and Merton Colleges, Oxford