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Dinge der emigration: eine projektskizze

Dinge der emigration: eine projektskizze
Dinge der emigration: eine projektskizze
Stuttgart, May 10th, 1936. Leopold Frank, a sales representative for a stocking firm in Bavaria and Württemberg and a married man with two children, has decided to leave his home country, Germany, and move to Palestine. Like so many other German Jews, Mr. Frank had not been a Zionist before 1933. But increasing anti-Semitic legislation and propaganda under the national-socialist regime and not least the growing hostility among some – not all – of his neighbors convinced him of the necessity to make a new start for his life. And if he, an observant Jew, would decide to emigrate, then Eretz Israel could be the only possible choice. Emigration, as has been made clear by the rise in research and publications in the last years, is a global political and cultural (and economic) phenomenon with a whole variety of aspects worth studying; but it is also, for the individual emigrant, a matter of practical decisions. One of the main problems for Mr. Frank, as for so many others, was to decide which part of his belongings he should take along and which he should leave behind. We can imagine him, sitting in his apartment in Stuttgart, drawing up lists of “things” and discussing with himself, and with his wife and children, the (changing) importance and value of his possessions. The “things” will be packed into a “lift”, a container, and sent by boat via Amsterdam to Haifa. In this article I have tried to take a closer look at the “things” themselves, the material objects that people such as Leopold Frank brought with them, or left behind, or made lists of, and to ask what the cultural meaning of all this could be.
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222-238
Edition Text und Kritik
Schlör, Joachim
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Krohn, Claus-Dieter
Winckler, Lutz
Wojak, Irmtrud
Koepke, Wulf
Rotermund, Erwin
Schlör, Joachim
bb73c4ae-2ef4-44ba-b889-b319afb40b03
Krohn, Claus-Dieter
Winckler, Lutz
Wojak, Irmtrud
Koepke, Wulf
Rotermund, Erwin

Schlör, Joachim (2005) Dinge der emigration: eine projektskizze. In, Krohn, Claus-Dieter, Winckler, Lutz, Wojak, Irmtrud, Koepke, Wulf and Rotermund, Erwin (eds.) Autobiografie und Wissenschaftliche Biografik. (Exilforschung [Society for Exile Studies]: Ein Internationales Jahrbuch, 23) Munich, Germany. Edition Text und Kritik, pp. 222-238.

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Stuttgart, May 10th, 1936. Leopold Frank, a sales representative for a stocking firm in Bavaria and Württemberg and a married man with two children, has decided to leave his home country, Germany, and move to Palestine. Like so many other German Jews, Mr. Frank had not been a Zionist before 1933. But increasing anti-Semitic legislation and propaganda under the national-socialist regime and not least the growing hostility among some – not all – of his neighbors convinced him of the necessity to make a new start for his life. And if he, an observant Jew, would decide to emigrate, then Eretz Israel could be the only possible choice. Emigration, as has been made clear by the rise in research and publications in the last years, is a global political and cultural (and economic) phenomenon with a whole variety of aspects worth studying; but it is also, for the individual emigrant, a matter of practical decisions. One of the main problems for Mr. Frank, as for so many others, was to decide which part of his belongings he should take along and which he should leave behind. We can imagine him, sitting in his apartment in Stuttgart, drawing up lists of “things” and discussing with himself, and with his wife and children, the (changing) importance and value of his possessions. The “things” will be packed into a “lift”, a container, and sent by boat via Amsterdam to Haifa. In this article I have tried to take a closer look at the “things” themselves, the material objects that people such as Leopold Frank brought with them, or left behind, or made lists of, and to ask what the cultural meaning of all this could be.

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Published date: 2005
Additional Information: Autobiografien gelten als Zeugnis und Dokument, Selbst- und Zeitdeutung und haben als solche in der Exilforschung eine zentrale Rolle gespielt. In den letzten Jahren sind als weitere Funktionen Erinnerung und Gedächtnis in den Vordergrund des wissenschaftlichen Interesses getreten. Dieser Themenwechsel hat die Exilforschung vor eine spezifische Herausforderung gestellt: mit der Ablösung eines handlungsorientierten Diskurses durch einen gedächtnisorientierten Diskurs verschob sich die Legitimationsbasis auch der biografischen Forschung. Das »andere Deutschland« als zentraler Begriff der Exilforschung wechselte seine Stelle im kommunikativen Gedächtnis, es trat aus dem zeitgeschichtlichen Horizont in das Archiv. Damit rücken Fragen des »Erzählens«, der Konstruktion und Rekonstruktion von Geschichte und Erfahrung in den Vordergrund.Der vorliegende Band stellt autobiografische Texte, wissenschaftliche Biografien und enzyklopädische Darstellungen zur Biografik des Exils vor und diskutiert in literatur- und kunstwissenschaftlichen, geschichts-und kulturwissenschaftlichen Grundsatzbeiträgen sowie an konkreten Beispielen – Irmgard Keun und Adrienne Thomas, Heinrich Mann, Carl Einstein, Fritz Kortner, Percy Gothein, Wolfgang Steinitz, Willy Brandt – die Formen und Funktionen ästhetischen und historischen, fiktionalen und wissenschaftlichen Erzählens

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URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/42115
ISBN: 3883778060
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Date deposited: 21 Nov 2006
Last modified: 13 Mar 2019 21:13

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