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Revisiting the crimes of the past: The image of the perpetrator in recent German Holocaust film (2019)
Journal Article
Ward, E. M. (2019). Revisiting the crimes of the past: The image of the perpetrator in recent German Holocaust film. Holocaust Studies, https://doi.org/10.1080/17504902.2019.1637503

More than seven decades after the liberation of concentration camps across Europe, we are witnessing the jostle between communicative and cultural memory to determine how the Holocaust is inscribed in a post-victim and post-perpetrator world. This a... Read More

Who is Heinz Stielke? Questions of Identity in Michael Kann’s "Stielke, Heinz, fünfzehn" (2018)
Book Chapter
Ward, E. M. (2018). Who is Heinz Stielke? Questions of Identity in Michael Kann’s "Stielke, Heinz, fünfzehn". In S. Ehrig, M. Thomas, & D. Zell (Eds.), The GDR today: New interdisciplinary approaches to East German history, memory and culture, 43-62. Peter Lang

Michael Kann’s debut film, Stielke, Heinz, fünfzehn [Stielke, Heinz, Fifteen] (1987), was supposed to signal the thematic, artistic and popular renewal of one of the core interests of East German cinema, the antifascist film. Yet upon release, the fi... Read More

Contesting the memory of Frank Beyer’s "Jacob the liar" (2016)
Book Chapter
Ward, E. M. (2016). Contesting the memory of Frank Beyer’s "Jacob the liar". In D. M. Seymour, & M. Camino (Eds.), The Holocaust in the Twenty-First Century: Contesting/Contested Memories, 163-181. Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315647968-18

In August 1992, the final curtain fell on East German filmmaking. Established in 1946, three years before the founding of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) under the auspices of the Soviet Union, the state-sponsored film studio Deutsche Film-Aktie... Read More

Screening out the East: the playing out of inter-German relations at the Cannes film festival (2015)
Journal Article
Ward, E. M. (2015). Screening out the East: the playing out of inter-German relations at the Cannes film festival. German life and letters, 68(1), 37-53. doi:10.1111/glal.12067

This article examines the previously unexplored role of the Cannes Film Festival as an alternative arena for Cold War politics and the playing out of the West German Hallstein Doctrine in 1957 and 1959. The Hallstein Doctrine was an important strateg... Read More