PRAISE FOR JOSEPH KANON AND HIS NOVELS THE GOOD GERMAN “
Joseph Kanon...has woven his plot seamlessly into the historical background. As
the hunt for the missing scientist gathers speed, the moral and emotional
Author: Joseph Kanon
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Set in Berlin just after the end of World War II, a brilliant thriller about the end of one war and the beginning of another, by the bestselling author of Los Alamos. Berlin, 1945. Jake Geismar, former Berlin correspondent for CBS, has managed to wangle one of the coveted press slots for the Potsdam Conference. His assignment: a series of articles on the American occupation of postwar Berlin. His personal agenda: to find Lena, the German mistress he left behind at the outbreak of the war. When he stumbles on a murder--an American soldier washed up on the shore of the conference grounds--he thinks he has found the key that will unlock his Berlin story. What he finds instead is a larger story of corruption and intrigue reaching deep into the heart of the occupation and a city not only physically but morally devastatated, where children scavenge for food in the rubble, sex can be had for a cigarette, and the black market is the only means of survival. Berlin at zero hour is like nowhere else--a tragedy, and a feverish party after the end of the world. And nothing is simple--not the murder of a soldier and not any of the lives, American and German, that Jake encounters as he tries to solve it. More unsolvable still is the larger crime that hangs over everything in 1945, a crime so huge it seems beyond punishment. At once a murder mystery, a love story, and a riveting portrait of a unique time and place, Jason Kanon's The Good German is a historical thriller of the first rank.
As Maeve Cooke argues in this volume, the “challenge is to use this figure [the good German] to instantiate ethical rightness, while avoiding ideological closure
and epistemological authoritarianism.” Yet all too often, representations of the ...
Author: Pól Ó Dochartaigh
Publisher: Camden House
Category: Literary Criticism
Essays analyzing postwar literary, cultural, and historical representations of "good Germans" during the Second World War and the Nazi period.
Despite his prejudices, Karl Vogel offers refuge to a fugitive Jew during World War II to please his wife.
Author: David Wiltse
Publisher: Samuel French, Inc.
Category: World War, 1939-1945
Despite his prejudices, Karl Vogel offers refuge to a fugitive Jew during World War II to please his wife. Karl strongly dislikes Wilhelm Braun, but even after his wife dies he refuses to betray his devotion to her and her faith in his decency by evicting him. Karl's friend Siemi, a man who has anti Semitic sympathies but does not agree with the German government's campaign to demonize Jews, has even become fond of Braun. Even so, Siemi becomes convinced he must betray Braun to the Gestapo in order to save Karl and himself. Karl is forced to decide whether his sense of decency is stronger than his sense of self preservation. Should he protect his unwanted guest or allow him to be turned over to a regime he finds repugnant?
How many millions of his German readers had had the same desperate
experience? ... at a local armaments factory and joins a resistance cell there, and
Kuno Kienschaper, Eva's adopted son, a good German, as well as her useless
Author: Catrine Clay
Publisher: Hachette UK
After 1933, as the brutal terror regime took hold, most of the two-thirds of Germans who had never voted for the Nazis - some 20 million people - tried to keep their heads down and protect their families. They moved to the country, or pretended to support the regime to avoid being denounced by neighbours, and tried to work out what was really happening in the Reich, surrounded as they were by Nazi propaganda and fake news. They lived in fear. Might they lose their jobs? Their homes? Their freedom? What would we have done in their place? Many ordinary Germans found the courage to resist, in the full knowledge that they could be sentenced to indefinite incarceration, torture or outright execution. Catrine Clay argues that it was a much greater number than was ever formally recorded: teachers, lawyers, factory and dock workers, housewives, shopkeepers, church members, trade unionists, army officers, aristocrats, Social Democrats, Socialists and Communists. Catrine Clay's ground-breaking book focuses on six very different characters: Irma, the young daughter of Ernst Thalmann, leader of the German Communists; Fritzi von der Schulenburg, a Prussian aristocrat; Rudolf Ditzen, the already famous author Hans Fallada, best known for his novel Alone in Berlin; Bernt Engelmann, a schoolboy living in the suburbs of Dusseldorf; Julius Leber, a charismatic leader of the Social Democrats in the Reichstag; and Fabian von Schlabrendorff, a law student in Berlin. The six are not seen in isolation but as part of their families: a brother and sister; a wife; a father with three children; an only son; the parents of a Communist pioneer daughter. Each experiences the momentous events of Nazi history as they unfold in their own small lives - Good Germans all.
In November 1939, a German anti-fascist named Georg Elser came as close to assassinating Adolf Hitler as anyone ever had. In this gripping novel of alternate history, he doesn't just come close--he succeeds.
Author: Dennis Bock
Publisher: Patrick Crean Editions
In November 1939, a German anti-fascist named Georg Elser came as close to assassinating Adolf Hitler as anyone ever had. In this gripping novel of alternate history, he doesn't just come close--he succeeds. But he could never have imagined the terrible consequences that would follow from this act of heroism. Hermann Göring, masterful strategist, assumes the Chancellery and quickly signs a non-aggression treaty with the isolationist president Joseph Kennedy that will keep America out of the war that is about to engulf Europe. Göring rushes the German scientific community into developing the atomic bomb, and in August 1944, this devastating new weapon is tested on the English capital. London lies in ruins. The war is over, fascism prevails in Europe, and Canada, the Commonwealth holdout in the Americas, suffers on as a client state of the Soviet Union. Georg Elser, blinded in the A-bombing of London, is shipped to Canada and quarantined in a hospice near Toronto called Mercy House. Here we meet William Teufel, a German-Canadian boy who in the summer of 1960 devises a plan that he hopes will distance himself from his German heritage and, unwittingly, brings him face to face with the man whose astonishing act of heroism twenty-one years earlier set the world on its terrifying new path. In this page-turning narrative, Bock has created an utterly compelling and original novel of historical speculation in the vein of Philip Roth's The Plot Against America, John Wyndham's The Chrysalids and Philip K. Dick's cult classic The Man in the High Castle.
His eyes were between pale blue and grey, and they seemed to observe without
obvious movement. And this stillness tended to be disconcerting. He was a good
interrogator, and like most good observers he didn't constantly seek to display it.
Author: Ted Allbeury
Publisher: Hachette UK
Maverick CIA killers are on the loose in Cold War era West Germany. Violent sabotage and subversion is being perpetrated behind the Iron Curtain. A right-wing terror-organisation with connections stretching back to the Nazi era is suspected. David Mills had long since left behind his life as an Intelligence Officer, or so he thought. As the British and American Intelligence agencies struggle to combat the mounting fascist threat, Mills is pulled back into the murky world of International espionage by a figure from his past.
The man dealing with Denisov.” Mickey caught his breath. He stared at the man
with gray eyes and triedtosee thetruth in them. “Why would you tellme?” “Too
much coincidence. Denisov to begin with. Denisov and I fought our good
Author: Bill Granger
Publisher: Hachette UK
They met before. Their encounter nearly cost Devereaux--code name November--his life. Now, amid a perilously uncertain global thaw, they meet again: America's November Man, an agent without faith, and a defunct East Germany's Double Eagle, an agent without a country. For Double Eagle, the confrontation is the means to a totalitarian countercoup inside a reunified Germany. For November, it is the only way to halt the devastating blackmail of Rita Macklin, his one love. Once more, the two long-standing adversaries--and the powers behind them--will try to use each other. And this time, the spy called Double Eagle is determined that the November Man won't survive.
We had come to Germany to visit family but also to take a breather from the
frenetic commercial pace of stateside holidays. ... With good German punctuality,
and led by my good German wife, we arrived a few minutes after 5:00, only to find
Author: Edward F. Fischer
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Category: Social Science
What could middle-class German supermarket shoppers buying eggs and impoverished coffee farmers in Guatemala possibly have in common? Both groups use the market in pursuit of the "good life." But what exactly is the good life? How do we define wellbeing beyond material standards of living? While we all may want to live the good life, we differ widely on just what that entails. In The Good Life, Edward Fischer examines wellbeing in very different cultural contexts to uncover shared notions of the good life and how best to achieve it. With fascinating on-the-ground narratives of Germans' choices regarding the purchase of eggs and cars, and Guatemalans' trade in coffee and cocaine, Fischer presents a richly layered understanding of how aspiration, opportunity, dignity, and purpose comprise the good life.
Conclusion The Good German and the Good of Nostalgia want to conclude this
exploration of nostalgia and the cinema with one strategies identified in the
preceding pages as central to the nostalgia film , but also renders explicit the
ways in ...
Author: Christine Sprengler
Publisher: Berghahn Books
Category: Performing Arts
Through a series of detailed visual analyses of popular films, the author demonstrates that the visual creation of 'pastness' does not necessarily sever our connection to history as is commonly claimed, but can yield new insights into the relationship between the present and the past.
If in 1914 the German working class in their innermost convictions had still
consisted of Marxists, the war would have been over in three weeks. Germany
would ... The German Empire will not rise again until the good German blood
Author: Anton Kaes
Publisher: Univ of California Press
A laboratory for competing visions of modernity, the Weimar Republic (1918-1933) continues to haunt the imagination of the twentieth century. Its political and cultural lessons retain uncanny relevance for all who seek to understand the tensions and possibilities of our age. The Weimar Republic Sourcebook represents the most comprehensive documentation of Weimar culture, history, and politics assembled in any language. It invites a wide community of readers to discover the richness and complexity of the turbulent years in Germany before Hitler's rise to power. Drawing from such primary sources as magazines, newspapers, manifestoes, and official documents (many unknown even to specialists and most never before available in English), this book challenges the traditional boundaries between politics, culture, and social life. Its thirty chapters explore Germany's complex relationship to democracy, ideologies of "reactionary modernism," the rise of the "New Woman," Bauhaus architecture, the impact of mass media, the literary life, the tradition of cabaret and urban entertainment, and the situation of Jews, intellectuals, and workers before and during the emergence of fascism. While devoting much attention to the Republic's varied artistic and intellectual achievements (the Frankfurt School, political theater, twelve-tone music, cultural criticism, photomontage, and urban planning), the book is unique for its inclusion of many lesser-known materials on popular culture, consumerism, body culture, drugs, criminality, and sexuality; it also contains a timetable of major political events, an extensive bibliography, and capsule biographies. This will be a major resource and reference work for students and scholars in history; art; architecture; literature; social and political thought; and cultural, film, German, and women's studies.
(1/11/2007) Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney are movie fans, and that is
apparent with The Good German. Yet as we learn from the motion picture
business, sometimes the love is not enough. The Good German is not successful
Author: Dave Montalbano
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
The Adventures of Cinema Dave is a celebration of films from the turn of the recent century. Dave Montalbano, alias Cinema Dave, wrote over 500 film reviews and interviewed Hollywood Legends such as Fay Wray, Louise Fletcher, Dyan Cannon and new talent like Josh Hutcherson, Jane Lynch and Courtney Ford. With South Florida as his home base, Cinema Dave details his growing involvement with the Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach and Delray Film Festivals, while covering local interest stories about individuals who contribute to the film culture. Featuring a fun introduction from Cindy Morgan, actress from Caddyshack and Tron fame, and an extensive appendix of Literary Cinema, The Adventures of Cinema Dave is a saga about one mans bibliomania and his pursuit of an entertaining story in the big cave known as cinema.
The Good German Clooney's roles in Solaris and The Good German fit the
pattern that his career has taken toward balancing sexy, outlaw heroes with less
glamorous parts in films such as Syriana (Stephen Gaghan, 2005), Good Night,
Author: R. Barton Palmer
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Category: Performing Arts
Widely regarded as a turning point in American independent cinema, Steven Soderbergh's sex, lies, and videotape (1989) launched the career of its twenty-six-year-old director, whose debut film was nominated for an Academy Award and went on to win the Cannes Film Festival's top award, the Palme d'Or. The Philosophy of Steven Soderbergh breaks new ground by investigating salient philosophical themes through the unique story lines and innovative approaches to filmmaking that distinguish this celebrated artist. Editors R. Barton Palmer and Steven M. Sanders have brought together leading scholars in philosophy and film studies for the first systematic analysis of Soderbergh's entire body of work, offering the first in-depth exploration of the philosophical ideas that form the basis of the work of one of the most commercially successful and consistently inventive filmmakers of our time.
Girls' Education and Emotional Nationalism in Wilhelminian Germany Jennifer
Drake Askey. 2: Father's Library: German Classics in Girls' Schools and the
Ownership of German Culture THE PRECEDING EXAMINATION of Leseha'eher
Author: Jennifer Drake Askey
Publisher: Camden House
Category: Literary Criticism
The age of nationalism in nineteenth-century Germany generally conjures up images of the Prussian military, F�rst Otto von Bismarck, and Hohenzollern kings who welded together a nation out of disparate principalities through war and domestic social policy. Good Girls, Good Germans looks at how girls and young women became "national" during this period by participating in the national community in the home, in state-sponsored T�chterschulen, and in their reading of M�dchenliteratur. By learning to subordinate desires for individual agency to the perceived needs of the national community -- what Askey calls "emotional nationalism" -- girls could fulfill their class- and gender-specific roles in society and discover a sense of their importance for the progress of the German nation. Informed by recent historical research on nineteenth-century nationalism, Good Girls, Good Germans demonstrates how the top-down construction of a national identity, especially in girls' education, came to be experienced by reading girls. Chapters in this book examine literature published for and taught to girls that encouraged readers to view domestic duties -- and even romance -- as potential avenues for national expression. By aligning her heart with the demands of the nation, a girl could successfully display her national involvement within the confines of the private sphere. Jennifer Drake Askey is Coordinator of Academic Program Development at Wilfrid Laurier University.
Ein guter Deutider , * a good German ; eines guten Deutichen , of a good German
; einen guten Deutschell , a good German . Mürbe , mürr ' - bai , tender ; das
Rindfleisch , rint " -Ali'sh ' , the beef ; das Salbfleisch , kâlp ' - Ali'sh ' , the veal ;
Author: James J. WeingartnerPublish On: 2011-03-21
Law, Memory, and "The Good War" James J. Weingartner ... In July 1945, four
American soldiers were tried by U.S. Army courts-martial in Czechoslovakia for
offenses committed the previous March in the German town of Vo- erde.
Author: James J. Weingartner
This ground-breaking comparative perspective on the subject of World War II war crimes and war justice focuses on American and German atrocities. . Provides historic photographs related to war crimes and trials . An extensive bibliography of primary sources and secondary literature in English and German related to World War II war crimes and trials
Moriyama speaks good German and English and interviews me in regular
journalistic fashion. I do not keep my opinions to myself, and I ask him to use his
influence to see that order is reestablished among the Japanese troops as
quickly as ...
Author: John Rabe
Category: Biography & Autobiography
The Good Man of Nanking is a crucial document for understanding one of World War II's most horrific incidents of genocide, one which the Japanese have steadfastly refused to acknowledge. It is also the moving and awe-inspiring record of one man's conscience, courage, and generosity in the face of appalling human brutality. Until the recent emergence of John Rabe's diaries, few people knew abouth the unassuming hero who has been called the Oskar Schindler of China. In Novemgber 1937, as Japanese troops overran the Chinese capital of Nanking and began a campaign of torture, rape, and murder against its citizens, one man-a German who had lived in China for thirty years and who was a loyal follower of Adolph Hitler-put himself at risk and in order to save the lives of 200,000 poor Chinese, 600 of whom he sheltered in his own home.
However , as you give yourself out for a lover of truth , I have told you my opinion
in good German , and I must add that if you are not disposed to alter your
disrespectful and indecorous behaviour the State will not be able to reckon much
Guilt by association, you might say. Do you really believe that – that all Germans
are guilty? Were there no good Germans?' The question did not elicit the hoped-
for response. The man bowed his head and ran a hand through his thinninghair.
Author: John Donoghue
Publisher: Atlantic Books Ltd
Can you ever forgive the unforgivable? In 1962, Emil Clment comes face to face with Paul Meissner at a chess tournament in Holland. They haven't seen one another in almost two decades. Clment, once known only as The Watchmaker, is a Jewish former inmate of Auschwitz. Whilst there, he was forced to play chess against Nazi guards. If he won, he could save a fellow prisoner's life; if he lost, he would lose his own. Meissner, a soft-spoken priest, was also at Auschwitz. He was the SS Officer who forced The Watchmaker to play...
The Good German undertakes a wholesale revision of the dominant senses of
World War II, doing so through its depiction of characters who even if seeking a
moral course of action are unable to carry it through. Marianna Torgovnick
Author: Guy Westwell
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Category: Performing Arts
Parallel Lines describes how post-9/11 cinema, from Spike Lee's 25th Hour (2002) to Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty (2012), relates to different, and competing, versions of US national identity in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks. The book combines readings of individual films (World Trade Center, United 93, Fahrenheit 9/11, Loose Change) and cycles of films (depicting revenge, conspiracy, torture and war) with extended commentary on recurring themes, including the relationship between the US and the rest of the world, narratives of therapeutic recovery, questions of ethical obligation. The volume argues that post-9/11 cinema is varied and dynamic, registering shock and upheaval in the immediate aftermath of the attacks, displaying capacity for critique following the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal mid-decade, and seeking to reestablish consensus during Obama's troubled second term of office.