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Wilfrid Laurier University Press
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Co-published with the Waterloo Centre for German Studies

For centuries, large numbers of German-speaking people have emigrated from settlements in Europe to other countries and continents. In German Diasporic Experiences: Identity, Migration, and Loss, more than forty international contributors describe and discuss aspects of the history, language, and culture of these migrant groups, individuals, and their descendants. Part I focuses on identity, with essays exploring the connections among language, politics, and the construction of histories—national, familial, and personal—in German-speaking diasporic communities around the world. Part II deals with migration, examining such issues as German migrants in postwar Britain, German refugees and forced migration, and the immigrant as a fictional character, among others. Part III examines the idea of loss in diasporic experience with essays on nationalization, language change or loss, and the reshaping of cultural identity.

Essays are revised versions of papers presented at an international conference held at the University of Waterloo in August 2006, organized by the Waterloo Centre for German Studies, and reflect the multidisciplinarity and the global perspective of this field of study.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vii
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  1. The Speckled People
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. 1 Diaspora Experiences: German Immigrants and Their Descendants
  2. p. xiii
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  1. I: Identity
  2. p. 1
  1. 2 Language and Identity in the German Diaspora
  2. pp. 3-20
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  1. 3 Language and the Negotiation of Identities among German-speaking Diasporic Communities in Central Europe
  2. pp. 21-34
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  1. 4 German-speaking Swiss in Australia: Typical Swiss, Model Immigrants, or a Sonderfall Abroad?
  2. pp. 35-46
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  1. 5 Migration, Language Use, and Identity: German in Melbourne, Australia, since World War II
  2. pp. 47-60
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  1. 6 Language and Identity: The German-speaking People of Paarl
  2. pp. 61-72
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  1. 7 Canadian German: Identity in Language
  2. pp. 73-82
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  1. 8 “Memories from Afar”: Aspects of Memories Spanning Several Generations in Families of Austrian Jewish Refugees
  2. pp. 83-94
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  1. 9 Pulitzer, Preetorius, and the German American Identity Project of the Westliche Post in St. Louis
  2. pp. 95-106
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  1. 11 The Politics of Diaspora: Russian German Émigré Activists in Interwar Germany
  2. pp. 117-130
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  1. 12 Creating Transcultural Space: Ethnicity, Gender, and the Arts in Chicago, from the 1890s to the 1950s
  2. pp. 131-144
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  1. 13 The German Democratic Republic and the Citizens of German Origin in Canada: The Role of the Gesellschaft Neue Heimat, 1980–1990
  2. pp. 145-158
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  1. II: Migration
  2. p. 159
  1. 14 Moving beyond Hyphenated German Culture: Establishing a Research Agenda for Expatriate and Heritage German Literary Studies
  2. pp. 161-180
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  1. 15 Some Facts and Figures on German-speaking Exiles in Ireland, 1933–1945
  2. pp. 181-192
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  1. 16 Conversion as a “Two-edged Sword”: Evangelicalism among Pittsburgh’s German Immigrants
  2. pp. 193-204
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  1. 17 The Diasporic Moment: Elise von Koerber, Dr. Otto Hahn, and the Attempt to Create a German Diaspora in Canada
  2. pp. 205-216
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  1. 18 German Migrants in Postwar Britain: Immigration Policy, Recruitment, and Reception
  2. pp. 217-230
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  1. 19 Immigration of German-speaking People to the Territory of Modern-day Turkey (1850–1918)
  2. pp. 231-244
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  1. 20 Associating or Quarrelling? Migration, Acculturation, and Transmission among Social-democratic Sudeten Germans in Canada
  2. pp. 245-258
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  1. 21 Sudeten German Refugees in Canada and the Forced Migration of Germans in Postwar Central and Eastern Europe
  2. pp. 259-270
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  1. 22 Language Attrition among Germans Living in the Netherlands
  2. pp. 271-280
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  1. 23 Der Onkel aus Amerika: The German Emigrant as a Figure of Speech and Fictional Character
  2. pp. 281-292
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  1. 24 “Ich will nach Amerika, mir eine neue Heimat suchen”: The Emigration of Expellees in Post-1945 West German Film
  2. pp. 293-304
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  1. 25 German Diaspora Experiences in British Columbia after 1945
  2. pp. 305-316
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  1. 26 The German Language in the South Seas: Language Contact and the Influence of Language Politics and Language Attitudes
  2. pp. 317-330
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  1. 27 Migration, Gender, and Storytelling: How Gender Shapes the Experiences and the Narrative Patterns in Biographical Interviews
  2. pp. 331-344
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  1. 28 The Domestication of Radical Ideas and Colonial Spaces: The Case of Elisabeth Förster-Nietzsche
  2. pp. 345-356
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  1. III: Loss
  2. p. 357
  1. 30 Emigration and Wiedergutmachung : The Social History of Jewish Entrepreneurs from Frankfurt,1933–1963
  2. pp. 379-390
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  1. 31 Dissolving the German Diaspora in Poland: A Different Approach
  2. pp. 391-404
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  1. 32 Suffering in a Province of Asia: The Russian German Diaspora in Kazakhstan
  2. pp. 405-418
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  1. 33 The Nationalization Campaign and the Rewriting of History: The Case of Blumenau
  2. pp. 419-430
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  1. 34 Pennsylvania German in Kansas: Language Change or Loss?
  2. pp. 431-442
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  1. 35 Wernher von Braun and Arthur Rudolph: Negotiating the Past in Huntsville
  2. pp. 443-454
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  1. 36 Brave or Naive? Memory Work and Vergangenheitsbewältigung in Gertrud Mackprang Baer’s In the Shadow of Silence
  2. pp. 455-466
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  1. 37 A German Post-1945 Diaspora? German Migrants’ Encounters with the Nazi Past
  2. pp. 467-478
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  1. 38 Di Brandt’s Writing Breaks Canadian Mennonite Silence and Reshapes Cultural Identity
  2. pp. 479-490
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  1. 39 Use It or Lose It? Language Use, Language Attitudes, and Language Proficiency among German Speakers in Vancouver
  2. pp. 491-502
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  1. CONTRIBUTORS
  2. pp. 503-510
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  1. INDEX
  2. pp. 511-518
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