Der Kampf geht weiter zum Gedenktag für die Opfer des Faschismus am 14. September 1947: Bock, ... Der Kampf geht weiter zum Gedenktag für die Opfer des Faschismus am 14. September 1947: Bock, ...

Der Kampf geht weiter zum Gedenktag für die Opfer des Faschismus am 14. September 1947

Bock, Hellmuth (Ed.)

Published by Opfer des Faschismus, Berlin, 1947
Condition: g to g+ Soft cover

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Octavo. 55, [1]pp. Original decorative wrappers. This scarce booklet was published to commemorate the second anniversary of the founding of the Opfer des Faschismus. In June 1945, only a month after the end of the war, the Berlin Magistrate established the committee for the "Victims of Fascism" (Opfer des Faschismus or OdF) as a non-partisan body to support individuals persecuted by the Nazi regime. Its chairman was Ottomar Geschke, a Communist and former concentration camp inmate. In February 1947, OdF members founded the Association of Victims of the Nazi Regime (Vereinigung der Verfolgten des Naziregimes or VVN), which was similarly non-partisan. This association was also chaired by Geschke. Reflecting the general anti-fascist consensus that prevailed in the Soviet occupation zone, the VVN was an ideologically mixed organization: its deputy chair, Heinrich Grüber, was a Protestant pastor and former concentration camp inmate. Nevertheless, the association's Communist members increasingly relegated non-Communists to the sidelines. Additionally, anti-Semitic agitation during the Slansky affair in 1952 - which was dressed up as "anti-Zionism" - prompted many Jewish members of the VVN to leave the GDR for the West. The VNN was finally dissolved in February 1953; in the GDR, it was replaced by the Committee of Anti-Fascist Resistance Fighters (Komitee der Antifaschistischen Widerstandskämpfer). In addition to establishing the committee for the "Victims of Fascism," the Berlin Magistrate also declared September 9, 1945, a memorial day for the victims of National Socialism. The first commemorative celebration was held at Werner Seelenbinder Arena. In the following years, the commemorative events were held in Berlin's Lustgarten. The VVN participated in the events for the first time in 1947. The central role of the OdF in the Soviet Occupied Zone of Germany reflects the German population's need for a new orientation and a sense of belonging after the end of the Second World War. The idea of communist victimhood under National Socialism became a powerful motor of socialist legitimation, which eventually materialized in the profusion of OdF monuments. Moreover, the idea of continuous resistance throughout the population offered a moral point of reference for the East German population which inculcated a sense of communist origin and a firmly rooted antifascist tradition. Illustrated with 11 b/w photographic plates, this work contains poems by Lion Feuchtwanger (Gesang der Toten), Frieda Lehmann (Auschwitz), Karl Mundstock (Aus der Todeszelle an meine Kinder), and Eva Lippold (Der Wald von Ravensbrück), and texts by Karl Raddatz, Anna Seghers, Alfred Kantorowicz, Rudolf Leonhard, Jean Fonteyne, Rita Sprengel, Heinz Galinski, Dr. Hermann Duncker, Julius Meyer, Carl Heinz Sauer, Emmi Handke, Erika von Brockdorff, Heinz Zantoff, Kurt Schatter, and Karl Schirdewan. Minor shelf wear and age-toning on wrappers. Book block detached, but still tight and present. Text in German. Wrappers and interior in overall good to good+ condition. Bookseller Inventory # 37451

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Title: Der Kampf geht weiter zum Gedenktag für die ...

Publisher: Opfer des Faschismus, Berlin

Publication Date: 1947

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:g to g+

Edition: First edition.

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