Innocent Victims of Red KZs? West German Representations of Soviet Internment 1945-55

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dc.contributor.author BEATTIE, Andrew
dc.date.accessioned 2007-12-11T10:04:48Z
dc.date.available 2007-12-11T10:04:48Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.issn 1830-7728
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1814/7643
dc.description.abstract The paper seeks to contribute to the growing literature on Soviet internment camps established in eastern Germany in the wake of the Second World War. Since 1990 there has been heated debate about who was in the camps and why, but questions around the contemporary reception of the camps have been rather neglected until recently. This paper examines a section of the literature produced about the camps during their existence and in the years immediately following their final closure in 1950. I hope to provide a fuller and more analytical account of the representations and interpretations of the “special camps” than has been offered to date, and to correct some assumptions, assertions, and misapprehensions in current literature. In particular, the paper questions the frequent assumption of the absolute polarisation of contemporary attitudes between the eastern communist defence of the camps and simplistic western anticommunist condemnation. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher European University Institute
dc.relation.ispartofseries EUI MWP en
dc.relation.ispartofseries 2007/39 en
dc.subject Soviet occupation en
dc.subject East Germany en
dc.subject internment camps en
dc.subject concentration camps en
dc.subject reception en
dc.subject anticommunism en
dc.subject denazification en
dc.title Innocent Victims of Red KZs? West German Representations of Soviet Internment 1945-55 en
dc.type Working Paper en
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