Body Blows

Geoffrey Campbell Cocks

in The State of Health

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199695676
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738616 | DOI:
Body Blows

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The Nazis attempted to recast pain as sign and seal of heroism and sacrifice for the nation and race. But their regime and their war only reproduced the realities of the modern experience of pain distinguished from the modern material aim of pleasure. Modern Germans were consumers of pain medications and the German military medical services were organized to fight pain by chemical means. Nazi propaganda portrayed wounded German soldiers as heroic inspiration for civilian sacrifice, but the ever-growing numbers of badly disabled soldiers rehabilitated for employment on the home front had a depressing effect on the populace. The last months of the war saw the greatest number of military and civilian dead and injured and so impressed upon Germans a sense of their own victimization that lasted into the post-war era.

Keywords: pain; wounds; disability; rehabilitation; morale; victimization

Chapter.  8376 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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