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Author Mezger, Caroline, author.

Title Forging Germans : youth, nation, and the national socialist mobilization of ethnic Germans in Yugoslavia, 1918-1944 / Caroline Mezger
Edition First edition
Published Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2020
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Description 1 online resource (360 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series Studies in German History
Studies in German history (Oxford University Press)
Contents National education and Yugoslavia's Donauschwaben minority schools, 1918-1941 -- Alternate fronts: extracurricular youth groups and the interwar nationalization of Yugoslavia's Donauschwaben -- Forging Germans under Germany: conditions of occupation in the Western Banat, 1941-1944 -- Mobilizing on Germany's frontier: the Banat's ethnic German youth in the Deutsche Jugend and the Waffen-SS, 1941-1944 -- Forging Germans under Hungary: conditions of occupation in the Batschka, 1941-1944 -- Mobilizing across borders: the Batschka's Donauschwaben in German and Hungarian youth and military formations, 1941-1944
Summary "Forging Germans explores the nationalization and eventual National Socialist mobilization of ethnic German children and youth in interwar and World War II Yugoslavia, particularly in two of its multiethnic, post-Habsburg borderlands: the Western Banat and the Batschka. Drawing upon original oral history interviews, untapped archival materials from Germany, Hungary, and Serbia, and historical press sources, the book uncovers the multifarious ways in which political, ecclesiastical, cultural, and military agents from Germany colluded with local nationalist activists to inculcate Yugoslavia's ethnic Germans with divergent notions of "Germanness." As the book shows, even in the midst of Yugoslavia's violent and shifting Axis occupation, children and youth not only remained the subjects, but became agents of nationalist activism, as they embraced, negotiated, redefined, proselytized, lived, and died for the "Germanness" ascribed to them. Forging Germans is conceptualized as a contribution to the study of National Socialism from a transnational and comparative perspective, to the mid-twentieth-century history of Southeastern Europe and its relation to Germany, to studies of borderland nationalism and experiences of World War II occupation, and to the history of childhood and youth"--Publisher's description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from web page (Oxford Scholarship Online, viewed on July 28, 2020)
Subject Germans -- Bačka (Serbia and Hungary) -- History -- 20th century
Germans -- Banat -- History -- 20th century
Youth -- Bačka (Serbia and Hungary) -- History -- 20th century
Youth -- Banat -- History -- 20th century
Nationalism -- Germany -- History -- 20th century
Ethnic relations.
Bačka (Serbia and Hungary) -- Ethnic relations -- History -- 20th century
Banat -- Ethnic relations -- History -- 20th century
Europe -- Bačka.
Europe -- Banat.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780192590466