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'Just another Kraut'?: The Wehrmacht Traitor as ‘Good German’ in Hollywood’s Decision before Dawn (1951)

Major, P. (2020) 'Just another Kraut'?: The Wehrmacht Traitor as ‘Good German’ in Hollywood’s Decision before Dawn (1951). In: Purse, L. and Woelfel, U. (eds.) Mediating War and Identity: Figures of Transgression in 20th- and 21st-century War Representation. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh. ISBN 9781474446266

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Abstract/Summary

A film-historical account of the making and reception of the Twentieth Century-Fox film 'Decision before Dawn' which portrayed the real-life story of a German line-crosser who volunteered to spy for US military intelligence in the final stages of the war. The piece analyses the 'good German' characters in the film, but also the political resistance which came from the US State Department, the Adenauer and Bavarian state governments, at a sensitive time of West German rearmament.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Modern European Histories and Cultures
ID Code:89220
Publisher:Edinburgh University Press

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