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Humanism in the face of national socialism: Friedrich Wolf’s 'Professor Mamlock' (1933)

Woelfel, U. (2023) Humanism in the face of national socialism: Friedrich Wolf’s 'Professor Mamlock' (1933). In: Dirscherl, M., Larcati, A. and Robertson, R. (eds.) The Heritage of Humanism and Enlightenment in Exile Literature. Schriftenreihe des Stefan Zweig Zentrum Salzburg. Königshausen & Neumann, Würzburg, pp. 69-84. ISBN 9783826083969

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The chapter offers the first close reading of humanist discourse in Friedrich Wolf's play 'Professor Mamlock'. Wolf wrote the play while fleeing the Nazis. In this first attempt to deal with the radical changes in Hitler's Germany, Wolf already perceived the fascist re-structuring as an anti-humanist value reversal. In the story of the German-Jewish surgeon Hans Mamlock, Wolf records the 'fascist value revolution' in detail and warns of its genocidal drive. The play shows the majority of 'normal' Germans as supporting the radical changes and thus the birth of the bystander society.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Literature and Languages > Languages and Cultures > German
ID Code:107399
Publisher:Königshausen & Neumann

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