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Culture & Society in Germany


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Coming Home to Germany?

The Integration of Ethnic Germans from Central and Eastern Europe in the Federal Republic since 1945

Edited by David Rock and Stefan Wolff

252 pages, 10 tables, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-57181-718-1 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Published (June 2002)

ISBN  978-1-57181-729-7 $34.95/£24.00 Pb Published (June 2002)

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“... a compelling investigation [that] unites political and policy analysis ... with cultural criticism and primary sources.”   · German Studies Review

"The book addresses an important subject ... [and] provides new insights into the social, political, and economic challenges the expellees posed to the rival German states and sheds light on the contentious issue of German citizenship."  · The International History Review

“[This] collection has many strengths. It provides a handy, concise introduction to a wide range of topics. The chapters are written in clear, lucid prose, and they reflect extensive research and expertise. ... The book should prove very useful for advanced students and others interested in the integration of ethnic German expellees and re-settlers in post-1945 Germany.”   ·  H-German

The end of World War II led to one of the most significant forced population transfers in history: the expulsion of over 12 million ethnic Germans from Central and Eastern Europe between 1945 and 1950 and the subsequent emigration of another four million in the second half of the twentieth century. Although unprecedented in its magnitude, conventional wisdom has it that the integration of refugees, expellees, and Aussiedler was a largely successful process in postwar Germany. While the achievements of the integration process are acknowledged, the volume also examines the difficulties encountered by ethnic Germans in the Federal Republic and analyses the shortcomings of dealing with this particular phenomenon of mass migration and its consequences.

David Rock teaches in the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Keele. He also edited Voices in Times of Change (Berghahn, 2000).

Stefan Wolff is Chair of Political Science at the University of Nottingham. He is co-editor of Peace at Last? with Jörg Neuheiser (Berghahn, 2003) and is editor of German Minorities in Europe (Berghahn 2001). He is also author of Disputed Territories (Berghahn, 2003).

Subject: Refugee & Migration Studies Postwar History
Area: Germany Central/Eastern Europe



Contents

Introduction: From Colonists to Emigrants: Explaining the 'Return-Migration' of Ethnic Germans from Central and Eastern Europe
Stefan Wolff

PART I: REFUGEES, EXPELLEES AND AUSSIEDLER IN THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY: HISTORICAL, SOCIAL, POLITICAL AND LEGAL DIMINESIONS OF THE INTEGRATION PROCESS

Chapter 1. Integrating Ethnic Germans in West Germany: The Early Postwar Period
Daniel Levy

Chapter 2. The Struggle of Past and Present in Individual Identities: The Case of German Refugees and Expellees from the East
Rainer Schulze

Chapter 3. Expellee Policy in the Soviet-occupied Zone and the GDR: 1945–1953
Philipp Ther

Chapter 4. The Integration of Ethnic Germans from the Soviet Union
Andreas Heinrich

Chapter 5. Jus Sanguinis or Jus Mimesis? Rethinking 'Ethnic German' Repatriation
Stefan Senders

Chapter 6. The Decline of Privilege: The Legal Background to the Migration of Ethnic Germans
Amanda Klekowski von Koppenfels

PART II: THE TRANSITION FROM GERMAN MINORITY CULTURE TO THE NATIONAL CULTURE OF GERMANY: ART AS A MEDIUM TO ADDRESS AND EXPRESS THE CHALLENGES OF MIGRATION AND INTEGRATION

Chapter 7. 'From the periphery to the centre and back again': An Introduction to the Life and Works of Richard Wagner
David Rock

Chapter 8. '... a form of literature which was intentionally political'
Richard Wagner in conversation with David Rock and Stefan Wolff

Chapter 9. Millennium
Richard Wagner

Chapter 10. 'Alone in a crowd': The Figure of the 'Aussiedler' in the Work of Richard Wagner
Graham Jackman

Chapter 11. A Romanian German in Germany: The Challenge of Ethnic and Ideological Identity in Herta Müller's Literary Work
John J. White

Chapter 12. Günter Grass: 'The man who migrated across history
Julian Preece

Chapter 13. From 'Sudetendeutsche' to 'Adlergebirgler': Gudrun Pausewang's Rosinkawiese Trilogy
Kati Tonkin

Chapter 14. '... for an artist, home will be wherever he can freely practise his art'
Walter Grill in conversation with David Rock

Conclusion: Coming Home to Germany? Ethnic German Migrants in the Federal Republic after 1945
Stefan Wolff

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