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A cultural battlefront in the total war : theatre in Australian internment camps

Koehne, Samuel 2007, A cultural battlefront in the total war : theatre in Australian internment camps. In Mees, Bernard and Koehne, Samuel P. (ed), Terror, war, tradition : studies in European history, Australian Humanities Press, Unley, S.A, pp.355-394.

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Title A cultural battlefront in the total war : theatre in Australian internment camps
Author(s) Koehne, SamuelORCID iD for Koehne, Samuel orcid.org/0000-0001-8057-9355
Title of book Terror, war, tradition : studies in European history
Editor(s) Mees, Bernard
Koehne, Samuel P.ORCID iD for Koehne, Samuel P. orcid.org/0000-0001-8057-9355
Publication date 2007
Chapter number 19
Total chapters 20
Start page 355
End page 394
Total pages 40
Publisher Australian Humanities Press
Place of Publication Unley, S.A
Summary In 1943, at the Berlin Sportspalast, Joseph Goebbels made his infamous speech on 'total war', appealing to the crowd to represent Germany as a nation and asking them whether they wanted a war 'more total and radical' than had been previously imagined. In Australia in 1944, the idea of this 'total war' struck a resonance with German civilians interned in Tatura, Victoria. Writing to protest a planned release of internees, these Camp 3 internees claimed an involvement in the 'total war', arguing that any release from the camp would necessitate working towards the 'total destruction of the political, economical and cultural existence of the German Reich and the German nation.' A curious, and important, part of their argument was that such a release would mean that their 'cultural life would be endangered.' It is precisely this 'cultural life' within internment that I wish to examine in this paper.
ISBN 9780975831328
Language eng
Field of Research 210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Socio Economic Objective 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
HERDC Research category B1.1 Book chapter
Copyright notice ©2010, Australian Humanities Press
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