Docudramatizing history on TV: German and British docudrama and historical event television in the memorial year 2005

Tobias Ebbrecht*

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Abstract

The 60th anniversary celebration of the end of the Second World War became an important political, social and media event. Memory rituals, speeches and official announcements, celebrations, movies and reports created an ensemble of social activities that re-dramatized the historic event. In these kinds of memorial rituals the re-dramatization of history becomes part of collective memory, in which a shared image of historic incidents is created. Media and especially television play an important role in this making of history. Today, television is one of the most important agents for communicating historical events. At the same time the tendency of historical television documentary is to adopt increasingly popular forms and elements of feature films. This has led to a popular form of historical event television. One of its main genres is the docudrama. The article reviews contemporary docudramas about Nazism and Second World War on German television.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)35-53
Number of pages19
JournalEuropean Journal of Cultural Studies
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2007
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Docudrama
  • Documentary
  • German television
  • Historical event television
  • Memory
  • Nazism
  • Second World War

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