Chapter 1: A Defeated Enemy Nation Chapter 2: Nazi Killing Fields in Germany Chapter 3: The 48-Hour Ultimatum Chapter 4: The Punishment of Neunburg vorm Wald Chapter 5: The Re-Education of Germans: Regional Forced Confrontation in May 1945 Chapter 6: Human Remains: The Enduring Politics of Dead Bodies in the Postwar Era
Christopher E. Mauriello is professor of history and director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Salem State University.
In Forced Confrontation, Christopher E. Mauriello recounts the evolution of American soldiers' efforts to comprehend evidence of Nazi mass murder and to avenge the heinous crimes. His work contributes to debates about collective guilt, early US occupation policies, and the formation of collective memories of the Holocaust. Engagingly written, the book effectively combines US military and local German history to capture the chaos of interregnum Germany in April-May 1945. -- Margarete Feinstein, Loyola Marymount University In his rich, microhistorical study of the complex dynamics shaping encounters between the US military and the native German population in the last months of the Second World War, Christopher E. Mauriello takes the reader on a compelling tour through the Bavarian countryside, a 'zone of death' scattered with mass graves and provisionally buried corpses of the victims of Nazi death marches. By focusing on performative and deeply politically inflected spaces opened by forced exhumations and ritualized reburials, Mauriello dissects the political and affective logic behind blanket accusations of collective guilt, but also brings into the analysis actors far too often excluded from studies on the immediate responses to mass death and destruction arising from the war: dead bodies in their disturbing physical and sensuous presence and the ability to fashion relations among the living. -- Zuzanna Dziuban, University of Amsterdam