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A demon-haunted land : witches, wonder doctors, and the ghosts of the past in post-WWII Germany
—Black, Monica, 1968- author.
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"In the aftermath of World War II, a succession of mass supernatural events swept through a war-torn Germany. As millions were afflicted by a host of seemingly incurable maladies (including blindness and paralysis), waves of apocalyptic rumors crashed over the land. A messianic faith healer rose to extraordinary fame, prayer groups performed exorcisms, and enormous crowds traveled to witness apparitions of the Virgin Mary. Most strikingly, scores of people accused their neighbors of witchcraft, and found themselves in turn hauled into court on charges of defamation, assault, and even murder. What linked these events, in the wake of an annihilationist war and the Holocaust, was a widespread preoccupation with evil. While many histories emphasize Germany's rapid transition from genocidal dictatorship to liberal democracy, A Demon-Haunted Land places in full view the toxic mistrust, profound bitterness, and spiritual malaise that unfolded alongside the economic miracle. Drawing from a set of previously unpublished archival materials, acclaimed historian Monica Black argues that the surge of supernatural obsessions stemmed from the unspoken guilt and shame of a nation remarkably silent about what was euphemistically called "the most recent past." This shadow history irrevocably changes our view of postwar Germany, revealing the country's fraught emotional life, deep moral disquiet, and the cost of trying to bury a horrific legacy"-- Provided by publisher.

Item Details
Germany (West) -- Moral conditions.
Germany -- Social conditions -- 1945-1955.
Healers -- Germany (West)
National socialism -- Psychological aspects.
Occultism -- Germany -- History -- 20th century.
Psychic trauma -- Germany.
Spiritual healing -- Germany -- History -- 20th century.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Germany -- Psychological aspects.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Moral and ethical aspects -- Germany.
First edition.
332 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Other Title:
Witches, wonder doctors, and the ghosts of the past in post-WWII Germany
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Reading signs
A stranger in town
The Miracle of Herford
Soul medicine
Messiah in Munich
If evil is the illness, what is the cure?
Sickness that comes from sin
Are there witches among us?
Kruse's crusade
Dawn of the New Age
Link to PAC
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