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The barbed-wire college : reeducating German POWs in the United States during World War II, Ron Robin

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The barbed-wire college : reeducating German POWs in the United States during World War II
Title
The barbed-wire college
Title remainder
reeducating German POWs in the United States during World War II
Statement of responsibility
Ron Robin
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Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
From Stalag 17 to The Manchurian Candidate, the American media have long been fascinated with stories of American prisoners of war. But few Americans are aware that enemy prisoners of war were incarcerated on our own soil during World War II. In The Barbed-Wire College Ron Robin tells the extraordinary story of the 380,000 German prisoners who filled camps from Rhode Island to Wisconsin, Missouri to New Jersey. Using personal narratives, camp newspapers, and military records, Robin re-creates in arresting detail the attempts of prison officials to mold the daily lives and minds of their captives. From 1943 onward, and in spite of the Geneva Convention, prisoners were subjected to an ambitious reeducation program designed to turn them into American-style democrats. Under the direction of the Pentagon, liberal arts professors entered over five hundred camps nationwide. Deaf to the advice of their professional rivals, the behavioral scientists, these instructors pushed through a program of arts and humanities that stressed only the positive aspects of American society. Aided by German POW collaborators, American educators censored popular books and films in order to promote democratic humanism and downplay class and race issues, materialism, and wartime heroics. Red-baiting pentagon officials added their contribution to the program, as well; by the war's end, the curriculum was more concerned with combating the appeals of communism than with eradicating the evils of National Socialism. But the reeducation officials neglected to account for one factor: an entrenched German military subculture in the camps, complete with a rigid chain of command and a propensity for murdering "traitors." The result of their neglect was utter failure for the reeducation program. By telling the story of the program's rocky existence, however, Ron Robin shows how this intriguing chapter of military history was tied to two crucial episodes of twentieth-century American history: the battle over the future of American education and the McCarthy-era hysterics that awaited postwar America
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Robin, Ron Theodore
Dewey number
940.54/7273
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
D805.U5
LC item number
R63 1995
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Prisoners of war
  • Prisoners of war
  • Education, Higher
  • Social sciences
  • Education, Humanistic
Label
The barbed-wire college : reeducating German POWs in the United States during World War II, Ron Robin
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 189-211) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 43
  • Ch. 4
  • The Idea Factory and Its Intellectual Laborers
  • 59
  • Ch. 5
  • Der Ruf: Inner Emigration, Collective Guilt, and the POW
  • 75
  • Ch. 6
  • Literature: The Battle of the Books
  • 91
  • Ch. 1
  • Ch. 7
  • Film: Mass Culture and Reeducation
  • 107
  • Ch. 8
  • Politics and Scholarship: The Reeducation College
  • 127
  • Ch. 9
  • The Democracy Seminars: Preparation for "One World"
  • 145
  • Ch. 10
  • The Genesis of Reeducation
  • Variations on the Theme of Reeducation
  • 162
  • Ch. 11
  • Reeducation and the Decline of the American Dons
  • 180
  • 17
  • Ch. 2
  • The POW Camp and the Total Institution
  • 30
  • Ch. 3
  • Professors into Propagandists
Control code
ocm30783200
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 217 pages
Isbn
9780691037004
Lccn
94021161
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
  • (OCoLC)30783200
  • (Sirsi) a1872639
Label
The barbed-wire college : reeducating German POWs in the United States during World War II, Ron Robin
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 189-211) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 43
  • Ch. 4
  • The Idea Factory and Its Intellectual Laborers
  • 59
  • Ch. 5
  • Der Ruf: Inner Emigration, Collective Guilt, and the POW
  • 75
  • Ch. 6
  • Literature: The Battle of the Books
  • 91
  • Ch. 1
  • Ch. 7
  • Film: Mass Culture and Reeducation
  • 107
  • Ch. 8
  • Politics and Scholarship: The Reeducation College
  • 127
  • Ch. 9
  • The Democracy Seminars: Preparation for "One World"
  • 145
  • Ch. 10
  • The Genesis of Reeducation
  • Variations on the Theme of Reeducation
  • 162
  • Ch. 11
  • Reeducation and the Decline of the American Dons
  • 180
  • 17
  • Ch. 2
  • The POW Camp and the Total Institution
  • 30
  • Ch. 3
  • Professors into Propagandists
Control code
ocm30783200
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 217 pages
Isbn
9780691037004
Lccn
94021161
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
  • (OCoLC)30783200
  • (Sirsi) a1872639

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