Death in East Germany, 1945-1990
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ISBN-13:
9781782380146
Einband:
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Seiten:
248
Autor:
Felix Robin Schulz
Serie:
35, Monographs in German History
eBook Typ:
PDF
eBook Format:
Web PDF
Kopierschutz:
Adobe DRM [Hard-DRM]
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

As the first historical study of East Germany‘s sepulchral culture, this book explores the complex cultural responses to death since the Second World War. Topics include the interrelated areas of the organization and municipalization of the undertaking industry; the steps taken towards a socialist cemetery culture such as issues of design, spatial layout, and commemorative practices; the propagation of cremation as a means of disposal; the wide-spread introduction of anonymous communal areas for the internment of urns; and the emergence of socialist and secular funeral rituals. The author analyses the manifold changes to the system of the disposal of the dead in East Germany—a society that not only had to negotiate the upheaval of military defeat but also urbanization, secularization, a communist regime, and a planned economy. Stressing a comparative approach, the book reveals surprising similarities to the development of Western countries but also highlights the intricate local variations within the GDR and sheds more light on the East German state and its society.

List of Illustrations
List of Tables and Figures
Acknowledgements
Glossary

Introduction


Chapter 1. The Origins of Modern German Sepulchral Culture
Chapter 2. After Death: The Organization of Disposal
Chapter 3. Resting Places? Cemeteries in the GDR
Chapter 4. Burning Bodies: Cremation in the GDR
Chapter 5. The Communal Burial of Ashes: ‘New’ Spaces for Disposal
Chapter 6. Funerals in the GDR: A Diversity of Rituals


Conclusion


Bibliography
Index