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Science, Religion and Communism in Cold War EuropeWitchdoctors Drive Sports Cars, Science Takes the Bus: An Anti-Superstition Alliance Across a Divided Germany

Science, Religion and Communism in Cold War Europe: Witchdoctors Drive Sports Cars, Science Takes... [Superstition was a central category of negative self-definition in the communist world: the thing we are not. It was the capitalist West, communists argued, that gave succor to ‘superstitious’ ideas and practices and used them as tools of obscurantist oppression. Yet at the height of the Cold War, opponents of behavior deemed superstitious in both East and West Germany made common cause across the iron curtain. Their alliance was influenced as much by the legacies of Nazism and the Holocaust as by East/West rivalry.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

Science, Religion and Communism in Cold War EuropeWitchdoctors Drive Sports Cars, Science Takes the Bus: An Anti-Superstition Alliance Across a Divided Germany

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Editors: Betts, Paul; Smith, Stephen A.

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Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright
© The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
ISBN
978-1-137-54638-8
Pages
157 –175
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-54639-5_7
Publisher site
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Abstract

[Superstition was a central category of negative self-definition in the communist world: the thing we are not. It was the capitalist West, communists argued, that gave succor to ‘superstitious’ ideas and practices and used them as tools of obscurantist oppression. Yet at the height of the Cold War, opponents of behavior deemed superstitious in both East and West Germany made common cause across the iron curtain. Their alliance was influenced as much by the legacies of Nazism and the Holocaust as by East/West rivalry.]

Published: May 15, 2016

Keywords: German Democratic Republic; Magical Recipe; Social Pathology; Holocaust Memory; Folk Healing

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