Homecomings returning POWs and the legacies of defeat in postwar Germany / Frank Biess.

This book focuses on one of the most visible and important consequences of total defeat in postwar Germany: the return to East and West Germany of the two million German soldiers and POWs who spent an extended period in Soviet captivity. These former prisoners made up a unique segment of German soci...

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Online Access:Electronic book from JSTOR
Main Author: Biess, Frank.
Format: Electronic eBook
Published:Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2006.
Table of Contents:
  • Impending defeat: military losses, the Wehrmacht and ordinary Germans
  • Confronting defeat: returning POWs and the politics of victimization
  • Embodied defeat: medicine, psychiatry, and the trauma of the returned POW
  • Survivors of totalitarianism: returning POWs and the making of West German citizens
  • Antifascist conversions: returning POWs and the making of East German citizens
  • Parallel exclusions: the West German POW trials and the East German purges
  • Absent presence: missing POWs and MIAs
  • Divided reunion: the return of the last POWs
  • Histories of the aftermath.