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Germany after 1945:
Books for Review Essays

compiled for UCSB Hist 133c: "Germany after 1945"

by Professor Harold Marcuse (homepage)
contact: marcuse@history.ucsb.edu
page begun Sept. 15, 2008; last update: 10/12/08

Topical List
1940s & 1950s
1960s & 1970s
1980s & 1990s
Index of Already Published Essays

Important Notes (back to top)

  • NOTE: mistake in first line of handout--where it says "think about the Holocaust" it should read "think about Germany after 1945."
    ALSO: the Nov. 11 due date (no class that day) is changed to Nov. 13.
  • Although I give links to the amazon pages for many books below, YOU SHOULD NOT RELY ON AMAZON ALONE TO OBTAIN YOUR BOOK. Be sure to check whether our library has it as well, so that you can start reading before your own copy arrives.
  • I have not looked up all books to see whether they are available at UCSB, so don't assume that because there is no call number that we don't have a copy.
  • I DO recommend that you purchase the books (I really hate it when people mark up library books--and there are severe penalties for that), but in the past there have been problems with books students ordered taking more than 2 weeks to arrive. So you should have a back-up plan!

Topical list (back to top)

  • Special Project: especially someone thinking of doing a proseminar paper on Holocaust/post-Holocaust Germany; it could involve oral history. Eric Boehm was a young German emigre who returned to Berlin in 1945 to work as an interrogator for US military intelligence. On his own inititiative he interviewed Holocaust survivors and published a book about them. He later came to Santa Barbara, where he founded the historical publishing house ABC-Clio.
    Please see me if you are interested.
    • 10-page transcript of an interview with a fellow officer about interviewing a German general . (You might research what else is know about these people.)
    • Eric H Boehm, We Survived; Fourteen Histories of the Hidden and Hunted of Nazi Germany (Santa Barbara, Calif: Clio Press, [1949], 1966, 2003).
      UCSB: DD256.5 .B6 (searchable on amazon)
  • Plans for Postwar Germany
    • Richard Brickner, Is Germany incurable? (Philadelphia ;New York: J.B. Lippincott Co., 1943). (Ill from UCB, D, LA) [quickly sold 100,000 copies when published]
  • Legacies of Nazism
    • Devin O. Pendas, The Frankfurt Auschwitz Trial, 1963-1965: Genocide, History and the Limits of the Law (Cambridge University Press, 2005). (amazon; UCSB: KK73.5.A98 P46 2006)
    • Jeffrey Herf, Divided Memory: The Nazi Past in the Two Germanies (Harvard, 1997)
    • Rachael Seiffert, The Dark Room (Vintage, 2001/2005)(amazon)[novel=fiction: 3 stories illustrating how Nazism affected individuals in different time periods]
    • Jonathan Wiesen, West German Industry and the Challenge of the Nazi Past, 1945-1955 (UNC, 2001)(amazon)
    • A. Dirk Moses, German Intellectuals and the Nazi Past (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007). (amazon; UCSB: DD256.5 .M569 2007)[a prize-winning intellectual history]
    • Thomas A. Kovach and Martin Walser, The Burden of the Past: Martin Walser on Modern German Identity: Texts, Contexts, Commentary (Camden House, 2008). [amazon; not available yet, sorry]
  • Race in Post-Nazi Germany
    • Heide Fehrenbach, Race after Hitler: Black Occupation Children in Postwar Germany and America (Princeton University Press, 2007).(amazon)
  • The Berlin Wall
    • lots here: search amazon; browse UCSB: DD881
    • Frederick Taylor, The Berlin Wall: A World Divided, 1961-1989 (HarperCollins, 2007). ($11 & searchable at amazon; google books; not UCSB)
    • Curtis Cate, The Ides of August: The Berlin Wall Crisis--1961 (New York: M. Evans, 1978). UCSB: DD881.C37
    • John P. S Gearson, Harold Macmillan and the Berlin Wall Crisis, 1958-62: The Limits of Interests and Force, Studies in military and strategic history (Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Macmillan Press, 1998). UCSB: DA566.9.M33 G4 1998
    • Peter Wyden, Wall: The Inside Story of Divided Berlin (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1989). UCSB: DD881 .W93 1989
  • Life in East Germany
    • Joel Agee, Twelve Years: An American Boyhood in East Germany (Chicago, 2000), about 1948-1960 (amazon).
      • See also Agee's mother's 176-page memoir: Alma Neuman, Always Straight Ahead: A Memoir (LSU, 1993)(amazon)
        [2 students could work as a team on both books]
    • Donna Harsch, Revenge of the Domestic: Women, the Family, and Communism
      in the German Democratic Republic
      (Princeton University Press 2007)[Sehepunkte Rezension](searchable at amazon; UCSB: HQ1630.5 .H37 2007)
    • Jeannette Z. Madarász, Working in East Germany: Normality in a Socialist
      Dictatorship, 1961-79
      (Palgrave Macmillan 2006)[Sehepunkte Rez.]()
    • Thomas Brussig, Heroes Like Us (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2000)[novel=fictional satire about life in East Germany from the perspective of the son of a Stasi agent](amazon).
    • Joshua Feinstein, The Triumph of the Ordinary: Depictions of Daily Life in the East German Cinema, 1949-1989 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2002)(searchable at amazon)
    • Gareth Dale. Popular Protest in East Germany: Judgments on the Streets,
      . New York: Routledge, 2005. 246 pp. UCSB: DD286.4 .D35 2005
    • Mary Fulbrook, The People's State: East German Society from Hitler to
      (New Haven: Yale, 2005), 352 pp. H-German Review
    • Raymond G. Stokes, Constructing Socialism: Technology and Change in East Germany, 1945-1990 [CEH 38:1(2005) rev by Kees Gispen]
  • The German Green Party and the Environment
  • Long Overviews of German History
    • Helga Haftendorn, Coming of age: German foreign policy since 1945 (Lanham Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2006). UCSB: DD258.8 .H33713 2006
    • Eric D. Weitz, Creating German Communism, 1890-1990 (Princeton, 1996)(amazon)
    • Marc Cioc, The Rhine: An Eco-Biography, 1815-2000 (Seattle: Univ. of Washington, 2002)(searchable at amazon)
  • Right-Wing Movements
    • Ingo Hasselbach, Fuhrer-Ex: Memoirs of a Former Neo-Nazi (New York Random House 1996).(used at amazon)

1940s & 1950s (back to top)

  • Early post-1945 period
    • Atina Grossmann, Jews, Germans, and Allies: Close Encounters in Occupied Germany (Princeton University Press, 2007). (amazon)
    • Zeev Mankowitz, Life between Memory and Hope: The Survivors of the Holocaust in Occupied Germany (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2002). UCSB: DS135.G332 .M36 2002
    • Daniel E. Rogers, Politics after Hitler: The Western Allies and the German Party System (NYU Press, 1995).($45 at amazon; UCSB: JN3971.A979 R635 1995)
    • G. M. Gilbert, Nuremberg Diary (Da Capo Press, 1995). (amazon)
    • Maria Höhn, GIs and Fräuleins: The German-American Encounter in 1950s West Germany (UNC, 2002) (amazon)
    • Giles MacDonogh, After the Reich: The Brutal History of Allied Occupation (Basic Books, 2007). (searchable at amazon)
    • Michael Brenner, Rebuilding Jewish Lives in Postwar Germany (Princeton, 1997) (amazon; UCSB: )
    • Jay Howard Geller, Jews in Post-Holocaust Germany, 1945-1953 (Cambridge, 2004)(amazon)
  • 1950s
    • Heide Fehrenbach, Cinema in Democratizing Germany: Reconstructing of National Identity After Hitler (UNC 1995)(amazon)
    • Johannes von Moltke, No Place Like Home: Locations of Heimat in German
      (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005). (amazon)
    • Stefan Heym, Five Days in June: A Novel (Prometheus, 1978 [1974]) UCSB: PT2617.E948 F813 [about the 1953 uprising]
    • Robert Moeller, Protecting Motherhood: Women and the Family in the Politics of Postwar West Germany (UC, 1996)(amazon)
    • Robert Moeller, War Stories: The Search for a Usable Past in the Federal Republic of Germany (UC, 2003)(amazon)
    • Norbert Frei, Adenauer's Germany and the Nazi Past (Columbia, 2002)(amazon)

1960s & 1970s (back to top)

  • 1960s
    • David and Barbara Bloomfield, Passageway West: My Escape From East Germany (Frist Books, 2003)(amazon)
    • David Schoenbaum, The Spiegel Affair (Doubleday, 1968) UCSB: DD259.2 S37
    • Jeremy Varon, Bringing the War Home: The Weather Underground, the Red Army Faction, and Revolutionary Violence in the Sixties and Seventies (UC, 2004)(amazon)
    • Nick Thomas. Protest Movements in 1960s West Germany: A Social History of Dissent and Democracy. (New York: Berg, 2003) (H-German rev. 6/05)
  • 1970s
    • Michael Baumann, Terror or Love? Bommi Baumann's Own Story of His Life as a West German Urban Guerrilla, 1st ed. (New York: Grove Press, 1979).
      [subject to approval by the professor--have a second choice lined up!]

1980s & 1990s (back to top)

  • Revolution and German Unification, 1989-1990
    • Steven Pfaff, Exit-Voice Dynamics and the Collapse of East Germany: The Crisis of Leninism and the Revolution of 1989 (Duke University Press, 2006). (amazon) UCSB: HX280.5.A6 P43 2006
    • Jonathan Grix. The Role of the Masses in the Collapse of the GDR (amazon)
    • Kenney, Padraic. A Carnival of Revolution: Central Europe 1989 (Princeton University Press, 2002)[about other eastern European countries as well].
    • Harold James and Marla Stone (eds.), When the Wall Came Down: Reactions to German Unification (Routledge, 1992)(amazon)
    • Christian Joppke, East German Dissidents and the Revolution of 1989: Social Movement in a Leninist Regime (1995), 277pp. UCSB: DD289 .J67 1995
    • Dirk Philipsen, Voices from East Germany's Revolutionary Autumn of 1989 (amazon)
    • Peter Marcuse, A Personal and Political Journal of a Year in East Germany, 1989-1990 (amazon)
    • Robert Darnton, Berlin Journal, 1989-1990 ()(amazon; UCSB: )
    • Kumar, Krishnan. 1989: Revolutionary Ideas and Ideals. University of Minnesota Press, 2001. (amazon; UCSB: )
    • Maier, Charles,Dissolution: The Crisis of Communism and the End of East Germany. Princeton University Press, 1997.
    • A. James McAdams, Judging the Past in Unified Germany (amazon)
  • Post-Unification (life after 1990)
    • Paul Cooke, Representing East Germany since Unification: From Colonization to Nostalgia (Berg, 2005) (pub's site)
    • Konrad H. Jarausch, After Unity: Reconfiguring German Identities (Berghahn Books, 1997).

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