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The Diary of Lt. Melvin J. Lasky
Into Germany at the End of World War II
Edited by Charlotte A. Lerg
404 pages, 13 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-80073-695-5 $145.00/£107.00 / Hb / Not Yet Published (November 2022)
eISBN 978-1-80073-696-2 eBook Not Yet Published
“As someone who has edited private travel journals of Americans in Germany, I am very enthusiastic about this volume. I think we can learn much from the private journals of Americans in Germany.” • Thomas Adam, The University of Arkansas
In 1945 Melvin J. Lasky, serving in one of the first American divisions that entered Germany after the country’s surrender, began documenting the everyday life of a defeated nation. Travelling widely across both Germany and post-war Europe, Lasky’s diary provides a captivating eye-witness account colored by ongoing socio-political debates and his personal background studying Trotskyism. The Diary of Lt. Melvin J. Lasky reproduces the diary’s vivid language as Lasky describes the ideological tensions between the East and West, as well as including critical essays on subjects ranging from Lasky’s life as a transatlantic intellectual, the role of war historians, and the diary as a literary genre.
Charlotte A. Lerg is assistant professor of American history at Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, and managing director of the Lasky Center for Transatlantic Studies. She is a board member of the Bavarian American Academy. She has held research fellowships at the Library of Congress as well as at the German Historical Institute (Washington DC), and has taught at the universities of Münster, Jena, and Bochum. Recent publications include The TransAtlantic Reconsidered (Manchester University Press, 2020) Universitätsdiplomatie (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2019), and Campaigning Culture (Palgrave MacMillan, 2017). Lerg co-edits the series History of Intellectual Culture (HIC) and the International Yearbook of Knowledge and Society.
Subject: History: World War II History: 20th Century to Present Literary Studies
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