Christopher E. Mauriello

Sep 25, 2019

Forced Confrontation

The Politics of Dead Bodies in Germany at the End of World War II

Lexington Books 2017

purchase at bookshop.org Christopher Mauriello’s groundbreaking book Forced Confrontation: The Politics of Dead Bodies in Germany at the End of World War II (Lexington Books, 2017) focuses on American soldiers' reactions to the victims of the Holocaust. Using photographs, memoirs, and letters from US soldiers, Mauriello attempts to recreate the emotional and traumatic reactions these men had when confronted with the worst of Nazi Germany. And, as a result, they made German civilians confront these horrors as an unofficial policy of the Military Government. Mauriello’s methodology converges historical analysis with the latest in analytical theory to explain these reactions and humanize the end of World War II.

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