Eastern German News


 Newsletter of the Eastern German Studies Association

 #29 (April 2001)


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Next (and last?) EGSA Conference in Fall 2002

For those who like to plan ahead, the next and possibly final EGSA conference is being planned for Fall 2002. More details will follow.

1998 EGSA Conference Book

Proofs have been read for the collected papers of the 1998 conference, and the book should appear this spring.

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Conference Announcements and Reports

First summer East German Film Institute

The DEFA Film Library at the University of Massachusetts is sponsoring a conference this summer from 25-30 June 2001 with the theme "Interdisciplinary Approaches to DEFA Film." The deadline for applications to participate is 23 March 2001. For further details, contact Brenda Bethman or visit the DEFA Film library web site.


12th Annual Germanic Studies Graduate Student Conference at Yale

This conference, subtitled "The Visual Turn" will be held in New Haven from 6-8 April 2001. For details, see the conference web site.


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Miscellaneous News

GDR Books for Sale

Dave Reidy has a list of books on the GDR for sale. If your bookshelf is missing some classics, here's a chance to fill the gaps.


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New Reading

New Books


Heneghan, Tom, Unchained Eagle: Germany after the Wall (New York: New York Institute of Finance/Prentice Hall Press, 2000), an account of the decade between the fall of the Wall and the German government's move to Berlin.

McAdams, A. James , Judging the Past in Unified Germany (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001).

Pritchard, Gareth, The Making of the GDR, 1945-1953 (Manchester University Press, 2000). A study of the Stalinization of the GDR.

Robinson. David W. Deconstructing East Germany: Christoph Hein's Literature of Dissent Rochester, NY: Camden House, 1999).

Sarotte, M. E., Dealing with the Devil. East Germany, Détente, and Ostpolitik, 1969-1973 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2001)

Vogt, Timothy, Denazification in Soviet-Occupied Germany: Brandenburg, 1945-1948 (Harvard University Press, 2001).



Recent Theses and Dissertations:

Ahonen, Pertti Tapio, "The Expellee Organizatons and West German Ostpolitik, 1949-1969," Yale

Calico, Joy Haslam, "The Politics of Opera in the German Democratic Republic, 1945-1961" Duke

Henderson, Cary Lee, ""Lidiia Chukovslaia and Christa Wolf: (RE)Writing History" SUNY Stony Brook

Kastner, Jill Davey colley, "The Ambivalent Ally: Adenauer, Eisenhower and the Dilemmas of the Cold War, 1953-1960" Harvard

Leggett, Mark Felton, "A Comparison of Develpmental and Familial Attributes in Former East and West German Adolescents," Alabama

Mac Con Uladh, Damian, "The National-Democratic Party of Germany (NDPD) and the Building of the GDR, 1948-1958", MA thesis, (National University of Ireland, Galway), 2000.

McAdams, Kay Lynn, "Equal and Different? Women Workers and Labor Unions in Postwar East and West Germany, 1945-1955"

Theriault, Barbara, 'The Conservative Revolutionaries': The Protestant and Catholic Churches in East Germany After Radical Political Change" University of Erfurt, 2001.

VanDijk, Rutger, "East and West and the Division of Germany, 1945-1953: A Reassessment of the 'Missed Opportunities' for Unification" Ohio


SAPMO Bibliotheksbriefe

The latest issues of the SAPMO library's list of its holdings include:

  • #9/2000: Aus der Arbeit der Enquete-Kommission Aufarbeitung von Geschiche und Folgen der SED-Diktatur in Deutschland" (1992-1994)
  • #10/2000: Anna Seghers
  • #11/2000: Die SED und die Kirche
  • #12/200: Frauen in der DDR in den fünfziger und sechziger Jahren
  • #1/2001: Schöner unsere Städte und Gemeinden--Mach mit!
  • #2/2001: Gedenk- und Erinnerungsstätten der deutschen Arbeiterbewegung

Randy Bytwerk can provide a photocopy for those find a particular issue interesting.

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Requests and Queries

Lois Weinthal, Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin, writes: "I will be in Germany this summer for six weeks researching the relationship between architecture, interior domestic spaces and the way politics and economics have shaped these spaces in the former east Germany before, during and after the Berlin Wall. I would like to ask other members of EGSA if they know of any people they could put me in contact with who have access or are familiar with the large Socialist housing projects built in the 1970's such as Marzahn and Hellersdorf."

I would appreciate knowing if it is possible to do this. Thank you.


Lois Weinthal


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EGSA Officers for 1998-2001


Laurence McFalls
Department de science politique
Université de Montreal
C.P. 6128
succursale Centre-ville
Montréal, Québec H3C 3J7

Email: laurence.mcfalls@umontreal.ca


Henry Krisch
Dept. of Political Science
University of Connecticut
341 Mansfield Road
Storrs, CT 06269-102

Phone: (860)429-8552
Fax: (860) 486-3347
Email: henryk@uconnvm.uconn.edu

Membership and Treasurer:

Meredith Heiser
707 Laurel Ave.
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Email: mah2369@fhda.edu


Randall Bytwerk
CAS Department
Calvin College
3201 Burton SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Phone: (616) 957-6286
Fax: (616) 957-6601

Members- at-Large:

Ellen Anderson
Vassar College

Email: ellenanderson1@compuserve.com

Scott Gissendanner
Schulstr. 15
15711 Zeesen; Germany
+3375 872 588
Email: gissendanner@t-online.de


Bradden Weaver
583 Valley View Dr.
New Holland, PA 17577
Email: bweaver@zedat.fu-berlin.de

In -progress version of the April 2001 EGSA Newsletter
Last updated 2 May 2001
Web Page by Randall Bytwerk
Calvin College
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