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Author Sheffer, Edith

Title Burned Bridge : how East and West Germans made the Iron Curtain / Edith Sheffer ; foreword by Peter Schneider

Publisher New York : Oxford University Press, c2011


 McDonald 3rd Floor  DD284.5.G3 S54 2011    AVAILABLE
Call # DD284.5.G3 S54 2011
Descript xvii, 357 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 325-342) and index
The building of the Berlin Wall in 1961 shocked the world. Ever since, the image of this impenetrable barrier has been a central symbol of the Cold War. Based on vast research in untapped archival, oral, and private sources, this book reveals the hidden origins of the Iron Curtain, presenting it in a startling new light. Historian Edith Sheffer's in-depth account focuses on the intersection between two sister cities, Sonneberg and Neustadt bei Coburg, Germany's largest divided population outside Berlin. Sheffer demonstrates that as Soviet and American forces occupied each city after the Second World War, townspeople who historically had much in common quickly formed opposing interests and identities. Sheffer describes how smuggling, kidnapping, rape, and killing in the early postwar years led citizens to demand greater border control on both sides--long before East Germany fortified its 1,393-kilometer border with West Germany. Indeed, Sheffer shows that the physical border was not simply imposed by Cold War superpowers, but was in some part an improvised outgrowth of an anxious postwar society.--From publisher description
Contents Part 1: Demarcation line, 1945-1952. Foundations : Burned Bridge ; Insecurity : border mayhem ; Inequality : economic divides ; Kickoff : political skirmishing -- Part 2: "Living wall", 1952-1961. Shock : border closure and deportation ; Shift : everyday boundaries ; Surveillance : individual controls -- Part 3: Iron curtain, 1961-1989. Home : life in the prohibited zone ; Fault line : life in the fortifications ; Disconnect : East-West relations -- Epilogue : new divides -- Appendix 1: Population movement, East Germany -- Appendix 2: Population movement, Sonneberg -- Appendix 3: Escapees, refugees, and legal emigrants from East Germany, 1961-1990
Subject Germany (East) -- Relations -- Germany (West)
Germany (West) -- Relations -- Germany (East)
Neustadt bei Coburg (Germany) -- History -- 20th century
Sonneberg (Thuringia, Germany) -- History -- 20th century
Boundaries -- Social aspects -- Germany -- History -- 20th century
Germany -- History -- 1945-1990
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