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John Rodden’s German Quartet

  • Henk VynckierEmail author

In 2014, Fox 2000 Pictures and Columbia Pictures released WW II film The Monuments Men (2014). Directed by George Clooney, and starring Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Kate Blanchett, and Clooney himself, the film features a team of American and allied art historians, museum curators, and architects who race around the Western front in Europe during the closing stages of the war to rescue priceless collections of paintings, sculptures, rare books, and other cultural artifacts pillaged by the German military. Though a rather uneven and rambling celebrity vehicle, the film has the merit of introducing contemporary audiences to a lesser-known chapter from the end stages of the war in Europe. As Robert M. Edsel’s The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History (Center Street, 2009), the book on which the film is loosely based, and Lynn H. Nicholas’ earlier study, The Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe’s Treasures in the Third Reich and the...


John Rodden Germany before and after unification History of education Identity politics Dissent Human rights 


Further Reading

The German Quartet

  1. Repainting the Little Red Schoolhouse: A History of Eastern German Education, 1945–1995 . Oxford: Oxford UP, 2001.Google Scholar
  2. Textbook Reds: Schoolbooks, Ideology, and Eastern German Identity. College Station, PA: Penn State UP, 2006.Google Scholar
  3. The Walls That Remain: Western and Eastern Germans Since Reunification. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers, 2008.Google Scholar
  4. Dialectics, Dogmas, and Dissent: Stories of East German Victims of Human Rights Abuse. College Station, PA: Penn State UP, 2010.Google Scholar

Orwell and Germany

  1. “The Spectre of Der Grosse Bruder: West Germany’s Orwell”. The Politics of Literary Reputation: The Making and Claiming of ‘St. George’ Orwell. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1989. 288–303.Google Scholar
  2. “Orwell’s GDR? Or Post-Mortems on the ‘Better Germany’” Scenes from an Afterlife: The Legacy of George Orwell. Wilmington, DE: ISI Press, 2003. 55–160.Google Scholar
  3. “Politics and the German Language”. The Unexamined Orwell. Austin, TX: U of Texas P, 2011. 119–193.Google Scholar

Other Publications on Germany

  1. “Forgiveness, Education, Public Policy: The Road Not Yet Taken”. Modern Age: A Quarterly Review. 46: 4 (Fall 2004) 333–341. Published online:
  2. “Heuristics, Hypocrisy, and History without Lessons: Nuremberg, War Crimes, and Shock and Awe”. Journal of Human Rights. 7: 1 (2008) 34–43.Google Scholar
  3. “November 9, Germany’s Friday the 13th: What Should We Remember?” Journal of Human Rights. 8: 3 (2009) 222–228.Google Scholar
  4. “Healing History; or Remembrance of Things Not Yet Past and the Art of Listening”. Journal of Human Rights. 11: 3 (2012) 430–441.Google Scholar
  5. With John Rossi. “Was Pius XII Hitler’s Pope? The Concordat of 1933”. Society. 51: 4 (2014) 408–414.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Foreign Languages and LiteratureTunghai UniversityTaichung CityTaiwan

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