Spaniards in Mauthausen: Representations of a Nazi Concentration Camp, 1940-2015

By Sara J. Brenneis

© 2018

Spaniards in Mauthausen is the first study of the cultural legacy of Spaniards imprisoned and killed during the Second World War in the Nazi concentration camp Mauthausen. By examining narratives about Spanish Mauthausen victims over the past seventy years, author Sara J. Brenneis provides a historical, critical, and chronological analysis of a virtually unknown body of work.

Diverse accounts from survivors of Mauthausen, chronicled in letters, artwork, photographs, memoirs, fiction, film, theatre, and new media, illustrate how Spaniards have become cognizant of the Spanish government’s relationship to the Nazis and its role in the victimization of Spanish nationals in Mauthausen. As political prisoners, their numbers and experiences differ significantly from the millions of Jews exterminated by Hitler, yet the Spaniards in Mauthausen were nevertheless objects of Nazi violence and witnesses to the Holocaust.

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  • Series: Toronto Iberic
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  • Page Count: 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
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By examining narratives about Spanish Mauthausen victims over the past seventy years, author Sara J. Brenneis provides a historical, critical, and chronological analysis of a virtually unknown body of work.

Spaniards in Mauthausen: Representations of a Nazi Concentration Camp, 1940-2015

By Sara J. Brenneis

© 2018

Spaniards in Mauthausen is the first study of the cultural legacy of Spaniards imprisoned and killed during the Second World War in the Nazi concentration camp Mauthausen. By examining narratives about Spanish Mauthausen victims over the past seventy years, author Sara J. Brenneis provides a historical, critical, and chronological analysis of a virtually unknown body of work.

Diverse accounts from survivors of Mauthausen, chronicled in letters, artwork, photographs, memoirs, fiction, film, theatre, and new media, illustrate how Spaniards have become cognizant of the Spanish government’s relationship to the Nazis and its role in the victimization of Spanish nationals in Mauthausen. As political prisoners, their numbers and experiences differ significantly from the millions of Jews exterminated by Hitler, yet the Spaniards in Mauthausen were nevertheless objects of Nazi violence and witnesses to the Holocaust.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Toronto Iberic
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    "A painstaking and definitive book."

    Ariel Dorfman, The New York Review of Books

    "The book immerses us in a complex history, which is only now slowly being revealed to Spanish society. [...] Brenneis’ work illuminates the complexity of this history, thus making it a necessary reference for future studies."

    Santiago López Rodríguez, Holocaust and Genocide Studies

    "Spaniards in Mauthausen advances historical memory discourse by contributing new voices to the conversation as it brings forth representations of Spaniards from concentration camps to form a part of the historiography of the Spanish Civil War and Franco dictatorship."

    Wendy Perla Kurtz, Bulletin for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies

    "Brenneis has crafted a cohesive and thought-provoking study on the experiences of Spaniards in Mauthausen, which is underpinned by meticulous research, and engagingly written."

    Andrea Hepworth, Bulletin of Spanish Studies

    "Sara Brenneis' terrific monograph...makes a timely and important contribution to memory studies both in Spain and across a wider transnational field."

    Maria Delgado, Times Higher Education

    "[A]n evocatively written reflection on Mauthausen today – as a physical and imagined space – that reads like a compelling piece of long-form reporting."

    Sebastiaan Faber, Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispanos

    "A comprehensive account of the many representations of Spanish internees in Mauthausen, in a wide range of written, visual, and digital media from 1940 to the present. Particularly welcome is the stress on the differences between the various accounts, as is the frank treatment of the relations between Spanish and Jewish internees. An essential contribution to Holocaust Studies as well as to Spanish and Catalan cultural history."

    Jo Labanyi, Chair, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, New York University

    "An admirable exploration of how Spain built a labyrinth of memory around its Holocaust victims. Sara J. Brenneis makes her case by means of patient research and thorough analysis. High-quality scholarship as an antidote to forgetfulness."

    Ilan Stavans, Lewis-Sebring Professor of Humanities and Latin American and Latino Culture, Department of European Studies, Spanish, Latinx and Latin Amer Studies, Amherst College

  • Author Information

    Sara J. Brenneis is an associate professor of Spanish at Amherst College
  • Table of contents

    1. The View from Inside: Clandestine Representations and Testimony of Mauthausen (1940-46)
    2. Postwar Impressions: The First Published Representations of the Camp (1945-1963)
    3. Transitions: Early Accounts of Mauthausen (1970s)
    4. Memories Unleashed: Mauthausen after Franco (1980-2015)
    5. Mauthausen Today

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