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Commemorating Hell: The Public Memory of Mittelbau-Dora
by Gretchen E. Schafft and Gerhard Zeidler
University of Illinois Press, 2011
Paper: 978-0-252-07788-3 | Cloth: 978-0-252-03593-7 | eISBN: 978-0-252-09305-0
Library of Congress Classification D805.5.D6S33 2011
Dewey Decimal Classification 940.531853224


This powerful, wide-ranging history of the Nazi concentration camp Mittelbau-Dora is the first book to analyze how memory of the Third Reich evolved throughout changes in the German regime from World War II to the present. Building on intimate knowledge of the history of the camp, where a third of the 60,000 prisoners did not survive the war, Gretchen Schafft and Gerhard Zeidler examine the political and cultural aspects of the camp's memorialization in East Germany and, after 1989, in unified Germany. Through the continuing story of Mittelbau-Dora, from its operation as a labor camp for the V-1 and V-2 rockets to its social construction as a monument, Schafft and Zeidler reflect an abiding interest in the memory and commemoration of notorious national events.

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