n Acta Germanica : German Studies in Africa - "Meine unhaltbar widerspruchsvolle Stellung zum Kriege" - Käthe Kollwitz von Kriegsbefürwortung zu Kriegsgegnerschaft, 1914-1918

Volume 43, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1273



The war diaries of German artist Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945) between 1914 and 1918 as well as her graphic art and sculptures against war (re)present - unlike traditionally male-connotated war discourse that tells life stories/history from the front - constructions of painful experience, mostly by women and children, at the home front. Christine Sylvester's political science concept of "war as experience [of] ordinary people" and Didier Fassin's anthropological approach to testimony on humanitarian crises provide the theoretical framework for this investigation at the intersection of textual diaries, visual arts, political activism and historical context. It analyzes issues of testimony on individual and collective war experience and of the role of diaries in the context of identity transformations in and after World War I.

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