Garraio 2011 Kriegsvergewaltigungen

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Author: Júlia Garraio

Title: Grass' Umgang mit den Kriegsvergewaltigungen deutscher Frauen

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Journal: Estudios Filológicos Alemanes: Revista del Grupo de Investigación Filología Alemana

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Issue: 22

Year: 2011

Pages: 435-446

ISSN: 1578-9438 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: German

Keywords: 20th Century, 21st Century | German History | Representations: Literature / Günter Grass; Types: Wartime Rape / Second World War

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Author: Júlia Garraio, Centro de Estudos Sociais, Universidade de Coimbra

Abstract: »In an interview in 2006 Günter Grass claimed that only by writing Crabwalk had he been able to talk about the repeated rapes of his mother by Soviet soldiers in 1945. However, the wartime sexual violence against German women is almost absent from that book. Only brief references to those events can be found there. Earlier, however, in his most famous novel, The Tin Drum (1959), the rapes of German women play a considerable part in the chapter about the conquest of Danzig. In Schlondorffs adaptation of the novel, the film The Tin Drum (1979), sexual violence is also present. I will try to analyze the role of wartime rapes of German women in Günter Grass’s work and see to what extent the author’s approach to the problem reveals the politics of memory in the Federal Republic of Germany.« (Source: Estudios Filológicos Alemanes)

Wikipedia: Günter Grass: Crabwalk, The Tin Drum; War rape: Soviet war crimes, World War II

Added: August 9, 2014 | Last updated: August 9, 2014