The German Patient
Crisis and Recovery in Postwar Culture
Publication Year: 2008
Published by: University of Michigan Press
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Introduction: Healing Postwar Germany
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He: . . . Think of an illness. A person has had typhoid fever, for eight weeks. He’s survived. Now he is just lying there. The typhoid is gone. But he has neuritis, cold abscesses, he feels sick as a dog. He feels weaker than before. He can’t eat, he can’t sit up, he has bedsores, and he hurts all over. He cries. He’s unrecognizable. But—he no longer...
Chapter 1. Sick of Guilt
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Is the destruction, the bloodshed at an end? Alas, we do not know. But for the moment there is peace. No, it is something else. It is the end of the illness, that inner illness, the end of the unnatural, of that forced way of life, a life that was no longer a life, of the pressure of an inner regime, that mysterious world...
Chapter 2. Regenerate Art
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What a perfidious doctor at the sickbed of the German people! But what did he have in mind for the sick man and his recovery? He had something planned for him, dead or alive. The doctor stands before the court. The sick man, suffering more than ever, will have to think of another cure...
Chapter 3. One Germany, in Sickness and in Health?
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Fascism, of which national socialism is a peculiar variation, is not a specialty of Germany. It is a sickness of the times, which is everywhere at home and from which no country is free...
Chapter 4. A Failed Cure
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Behind the overt history of economic shifts, social exigencies, and political machinations runs a secret history involving the inner dispositions of the German people. The disclosure of these dispositions through the medium of the German screen may help in the understanding of Hitler’s ascent and ascendancy...
Epilogue: The Patient Lives
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In December 1956, the illustrated magazine Deutsche Illustrierte published a photo spread with the rather alarming title “Kranke Männer regieren”—“Sick Men Are Governing.”1 It appeared opposite a report on the planned biopic Der Stern von Afrika (The Star of Africa), a heroic retelling of...
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Page Count: 272
Illustrations: 3 line drawings and 5 B&W photographs
Publication Year: 2008
Series Title: Social History, Popular Culture, and Pol