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Title: Flieder, 1945 / Lilac, 2015 : visibility, memory, gender : writing and re-imagining National Socialist atrocity for the stage
Author: Becker, Mona
ISNI:       0000 0004 7962 8211
Awarding Body: University of Essex
Current Institution: University of Essex
Date of Award: 2019
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This dissertation examines the case of two satellite concentration camps of Buchenwald in the German towns of Altenburg and Meuselwitz and the fate of the - mostly female - prisoners, forced to work in the factories of the arms manufacturer HASAG. The dissertation itself consists of two parts: In the stage play "Flieder, 1945 / Lilac, 2015", I investigate the history and memory of the camps, factories, and the community which produced those through the frayed relationships of three generations of German women and a group of prisoners attempting to survive the camp. The commentary "Visibility, Memory, Gender: Writing and Re-imagining National Socialist Atrocity for the Stage" addresses the history of the camps in Altenburg and Meuselwitz, documents the creative process, and engages with various theatrical and filmic representation of National Socialist atrocity. Particular focus is placed on questions of visibility of atrocity, the role of the 'bystander', and the female experience of atrocity, as well as the implications of the legacy of National Socialism for next-generation Germans.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: D731 World War II ; DD Germany ; PN0080 Criticism ; PN1993 Motion Pictures ; PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater