Against All Odds: Models of Subversive Spaces in National Socialist Germany

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Peter Lang, 2010 - History - 276 pages
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This study comprises an analysis of public spheres in National Socialist Germany. It investigates where and under what circumstances resistance to Hitler's regime was possible. The author focuses on the space of the crypto-public - defined as a politicized private sphere - as a potential realm for anti-state activism. Based on the activities of four organizations operating in Germany between 1933 and 1944 - the Jewish Cultural Association Berlin, the Kreisau Circle, the White Rose, and the Schulze-Boysen/Harnack Organization - she analyzes how this social locus functioned to foster resistance to National Socialism. She examines the artifacts of these groups - leaflets, pamphlets, politico-economic treatises, and theater performances - in order to establish models of crypto-public spaces and evaluate their possibilities and limitations as sites of resistance.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION CryptoPublic Domains within the Third Reich
1
Elements of Subversiveness in the Judischer Kulturbund Berlin
13
Jewish Fears and Aspirations
18
Under the Spell of Nathan der Weise
27
Reichsverband der Judischen Kulturbunde in Deutschland
31
Zionism in the Third Reich
34
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37
Reicbsverbands Conference September 571936
42
Flugblätter der Widerstandsbewegung in Deutschland
143
Kommilitoninnen Kommilitonen
150
Contemporary Reactions to the SchollSchmorellKreis
161
Concluding Remarks
165
CHAPTER FOUR The AntiState Activism of the SchulzeBoysenHarnack Organisation
169
Harro SchulzeBoysens Cultural Heritage
172
Pre1933 Political Beliefs
178
Gegner von heute Kampfgenossen von morgen
183

Concluding Remarks
49
CHAPTER TWO Kreisauer Kreis between Deeds and Thoughts
53
Ideological Roots
58
The Kreisauer Kreis Coming Together
69
Passive Gegenoffentlichkeit
72
Conspiratorial Ties
82
Cultural Considerations
93
Concluding Remarks
102
CHAPTER THREE The Open Protest of the SchollSchmorellKreis
105
Emergence ofthe SchollSchmorellKreis
106
Flugblätter der Weissen Rose 11 2
141
SchulzeBoysens Activities 19331939
189
Arvid Harnack and His Group
192
SchulzeBoysenHarnack Organisation
197
The AGIS Leaflets
199
Alternative Resistance Actions
233
Concluding Remarks
238
CONCLUSION Models to Withstand
241
Bibliography
249
Index
273
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The Author: Corina L. Petrescu studied German and American Studies at the University of Bucharest in Romania and came to the United States to pursue graduate degrees from the University of Pittsburgh, PA (M.A.) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Ph.D.). She received her doctorate in 2006 and is an Assistant Professor of German at the University of Mississippi. Her research and teaching interests include National Socialist Germany, representations of 1968 in the German and Romanian imaginary, protest movements, transnational/transcultural literature, German-Jewish relations from the 18th century to the present, and Yiddish theater.

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