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Hitler's Heroines: Stardom & Womanhood in Nazi Cinema
Temple University Press
"Hitler's Heroines is the first in-depth study of the complex role of female stars in Nazi cinema. Ascheid's detailed analysis of three of the most celebrated stars—Kristina Söderbaum, Zarah Leander, and Lilian Harvey—shows the crucial role female stars played within Joseph Goebbels's entertainment industry. Ascheid highlights womanhood as a central area of contestation within German fascism and her work is informed by a wealth of recent critical studies on the history and cinema of the Third Reich."
—Gerd Gemünden, Professor of German and Comparative Literature, Dartmouth College
German film-goers flocked to see musicals and melodramas during the Nazi era. Although the Nazis seemed to require that every aspect of ordinary life advance the fascist project, even the most popular films depicted characters and desires that deviated from the politically correct ideal. Probing into the contradictory images of womanhood that surfaced in these films, Antje Ascheid shows how Nazi heroines negotiated the gender conflicts that confronted contemporary women.
The careers of Kristina Soderbaum, Lilian Harvey, and Zarah Leander speak to the Nazis' need to address and contain the "woman question," to redirect female subjectivity and desires to self sacrifice for the common good (i.e., national socialism). Hollywood's new women and glamorous dames were out; the German wife and mother were in. The roles and star personas assigned to these actresses, though intended to entertain the public in a politically conformist way, point to the difficulty of yoking popular culture to ideology.
The introduction & chapter 1: http://www.temple.edu/tempress/chapters ... 04_ch1.pdf
Google Book: https://books.google.com/books?id=rF6uu ... es&f=false
Sadly, I only have this sample on PDF. -- Haven
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This is a great book and it helped me understand where my cousins came from and why they all had different & Russian fathers, and why they were all born just weeks apart.ancasta wrote:I've read that Helmuth. An excellent but harrowing account by one female resident before, during and after the fall of Berlin. I highly recommend it too. Not for the feint hearted though - here is a link to a review of the book with details: http://books.guardian.co.uk/reviews/his ... 31,00.html
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That's a must read... Not only it helps us in understanding the Holocaust in a most enlightened way, its very subject is the role of women in it.
"Wendy Lower’s stunning account of the role of German women on the World War II Nazi eastern front powerfully revises history, proving that we have ignored the reality of women’s participation in the Holocaust, including as brutal killers. The long-held picture of German women holding down the home front during the war, as loyal wives and cheerleaders for the Führer, pales in comparison to Lower’s incisive case for the massive complicity, and worse, of the 500,000 young German women she places, for the first time, directly in the killing fields of the expanding Reich."
http://www.amazon.com/Hitlers-Furies-Ge ... 0547863381
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In a similar vein are Ruth Andreas-Friedrich's journals: Berlin Underground: 1938-45 and Battleground Berlin: Diaries, 1945-48. She was a columnist and individual from a neighborhood Resistance gathering, and her perceptions on wartime and after war Berlin are interesting.
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Hour of the Woman, Christian von Krockow (someone on this forum told me about it many years ago)
More Was Lost, Eleanor Perenyi
Nothing for Tears, Lali Horstmann
Milena, Margarete Buber-Neumann
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Is there any research on female workers and female military services in Germany?