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By Thomas Girst

How can paintings, how can prose and poetry originate inspite of the restraints of manipulation, propaganda, and censorship? This research explores such concerns by means of targeting the cultural trajectory of eastern American internment, either in the course of and after international warfare II. formerly unknown records in addition to interviews with family and friends show new points of John Okada’s (1923–1971) existence and writing, offering a finished biographical define of the writer. The ebook refutes the idea that Okada’s novel No-No Boy was all yet refrained from while first released in 1957. an in depth interpreting in addition to a comparative examine regarding Italo Calvino’s (1923–1985) Six Memos for the following Millennium (1985) place Okada’s in simple terms publication as international literature.

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We all feel this music is infernal…’: Music on Command in Auschwitz,” in: Mickenberg et al. ), The Last Expression, 114-­127, 115). 110 Waseda, 197. 111 Hyde, Lewis. The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World, New York: Vintage (Random House), 2007 (1979), 375. 112 Saunders, Frances Stonor. The Cultural Cold War: The CIA and the Worlds of Arts and Letters, New York: The New Press, 1999. 45 [I]t was always assumed that such detached and materially disinterested outsiders would never find themselves in conflict with America itself.

48 It follows that especially on the Eastern front, many German artists were hired to entertain both Wehrmacht and SS, keeping those involved in the war and genocide in good spirits by advocating German culture in theaters, through concerts and recitals. Prisoners of war or those interned in concentration camps were frequently forced to participate in these efforts by performing for the oppressors, who also defined the content of what was presented. The 21-­year-­old Dina Babbitt saved her and her mother’s life by secretly illustrating fairy tales to uplift the spirits of Auschwitz inmates and painting portraits for Josef Mengele.

Less Than Human: Why We Demean, Enslave, and Exterminate Others, New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2011. 28 Commissioned artists Bruno Schulz – creating frescoes for the children’s rooms in SS Hauptscharführer Felix Landau’s private villa in Drohobycz, Ukraine – and the young Tanguy Tolila-­Croissant – painting in the concentration camp Mittelbau-­Dora – were both killed after working on frescoes based on German fairy tales. Artists Charlotte Salomon and Felix Nussbaum, among countless others, did not fare any better.

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