Autor: René Wolf
The Undivided Sky sets out to place the radio - not merely the texts, but also the unique characteristics of the medium - at the centre of an historical enquiry into the different ways the Holocaust was remembered in East and West Germany. The book is based on exhaustive research in Germany's broadcasting archives, and hours spent listening and transcribing radio programmes. It provides a close-to-source and compellingly written study of vital radio programmes that not only carefully considers the key decisions made in production, but also manages to give ample consideration to the limitations and possibilities of the aural medium in shaping the development of Holocaust memory in the divided Germany.
It clearly shows how ideological choices were made by broadcasters in both East and West, not only in terms of information, but also in terms of presentation that allowed portrayals of the trials and the Holocaust into developing and changing national narratives about the past. As such, The Undivided Sky is a valuable historical resource as well as conceptually of interest to scholars of German history and memory studies, and those too in the growing field of radio studies.