German War Widows
This chapter interweaves the love stories of two wives and their soldier-husbands with the ways in which widows acted collectively to attain a political voice in the early years of the Weimar Republic. The first part uses the letters written by Elisabeth Macke and August Macke, the German Expressionist artist, to make the case that, contrary to some historians' views, husbands and wives expressed their experiences and emotions quite thoroughly and honestly during long absences from each other. The second part focuses on the missives exchanged between Johanna and Julius Boldt, which also support the notion of the symbiosis between battlefront and home front. The final section demonstrates the politicization of war widows as activists in survivors' organizations.
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