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Of Little ComfortWar Widows, Fallen Soldiers, and the Remaking of the Nation after the Great War$
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Erika Kuhlman

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814748398

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814748398.001.0001

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German War Widows

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Of Little Comfort

Erika Kuhlman

NYU Press

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.

Keywords:   war widows, Weimar Republic, soldier-husbands, wives, Elisabeth Macke, August Macke, Johanna Boldt, Julius Boldt, survivors' organizations

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