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"Was sie erlebt hatten, liess sie schweigen." Peter Härtlings Brünn am 28. Juni 1914 im Roman "Grosse, kleine Schwester"

Title in English "What they had experienced, let them be silent." Peter Härtling´s Brno on June 28, 1914 in the novel "Grosse, little sister"


Year of publication 2017
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference Frieden und Krieg im mitteleuropäischen Raum. Historisches Gedächtnis und literarische Reflexion
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Field Mass media, audiovision
Keywords collective memory; reconstructive memory; Jan Assmann; Brno; Peter Härtling; Brno; nationalism; first World War
Description In the Czech collective memory, the outbreak of the First World War is overshadowed by the emergence of the First Republic in 1918. On the basis of Peter Härtling´s novel "Big, Little Sister" (1998) the following questions are pursued: Is the sentence "What they had experienced, let them be silent" an appeal to the readers, to think the possible commentary of the German, Jewish and Czech witnesses of the brutal scene? The scene with Serb-lynched Serbs is critically questioned against the background of reporting in the Brno newspaper Tagesbote and causes reflections on differences in the reconstructive memory of the Czech and German readers.

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