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Legacies of Dachau: The Uses and Abuses of a Concentration Camp, 1933 2001

4.36  ·  Rating Details ·  11 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Dachau was the first among Nazi camps, and it served as a model for the others. Situated in West Germany after World War II, it was the one former concentration camp most subject to the push and pull of the many groups wishing to eradicate, ignore, preserve and present it. Thus its postwar history is an illuminating case study of the contested process by which past events ...more
Hardcover, 662 pages
Published August 6th 2012 by Cambridge University Press (first published March 22nd 2001)
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Lewis Weinstein
An excellent detailed study of Dachau when it was a concentration camp from 1933-45, and its continuing role as a reminder of the German depravity.

There were several points regarding the postwar use that fit well with the observations my wife and I made at the "Terror and Fascination" exhibit in Nuremberg, which to our eyes was in many ways a glorification of Hitler. I am still frustrated that I have not been able to induce any reputable historian or journalist to visit the exhibit and see if t
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Harold Marcuse
Aug 01, 2016 Harold Marcuse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wrote it...
Charlene
Aug 13, 2014 Charlene rated it really liked it
Lots to think about from this book -- it is not a history of the camp itself but more about how the world, and especially Germany itself, has viewed Dachau. Fascinating to read about changing German opinion as time goes by . . . finally coming to more of a willingness to face their Nazi past and learn from it. Also interesting notes about how memorials develop and how history is remembered. I didn't give it the close reading it deserves but still felt it was rewarding.
Kathy Sebesta
May 11, 2011 Kathy Sebesta rated it really liked it
This book offered interesting insights from directions I'd never considered. Especially thought-provoking is how the blame-placing in post-war Germany backfired so greatly. One area of disappointment was the paucity of pictures - there're so many out there, why so few? And why these few? A very long read.
Jessica
Jan 21, 2009 Jessica rated it really liked it
Certainly a book to be digested chapter by chapter and not one for sitting down and reading in a day. Marcuse included poignant photos and illustrations in his effort to explain the history of Dachau as a concentration camp, a town, and now as a memorial site.
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Mar 01, 2009 Rachael marked it as to-read
Written by one of my favorite professors who inspired me to go on to graduate school.
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