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The Supernatural and the Poetics of History
In THE 1950S, In THE MIDST OF WHAT CAME to be known as the Economic Miracle, West Germany was positively deluged with other wonders: mysterious healings, mystical visions, rumors of the end of the
Death and the Making of West Berlin, 1948–1961
This essay traces shifts in attitudes towards death, practices of burial, and rituals of mourning in West Berlin from the 1948 currency reform to the 1961 construction of the Berlin Wall. It shows
Death in Berlin: From Weimar to Divided Germany
Introduction 1. Death in Berlin, ca.1930 2. Nazi ways of death 3. Death in everyday life 4. Death and reckoning 5. Death in socialism 6. Death and the West Conclusions.
Miracles in the Shadow of the Economic Miracle: The “Supernatural '50s” in West Germany*
  • Monica Black
  • History
    The Journal of Modern History
  • 1 December 2012
This essay explores the overlapping worlds of spiritual healing, everyday magic, popular religion, and witchcraft beliefs in West Germany in the 1950s. It takes seriously the subjective experiences
Revisiting the "Nazi occult" : histories, realities, legacies
Scholars have debated the role of the occult in Nazism since it first appeared on the German political landscape in the 1920s. After 1945, a consensus held that occultism -- an ostensibly
Expecting a Miracle