Media resonance and conflicting memories: Historical event movies as conflict zone

Tobias Ebbrecht-Hartmann*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

1 Scopus citations


The three-part German television drama Generation War (2013) created a national and subsequently international debate about the past and present of wartime memories. While these discussions were framed nationally as intergenerational dialogue, in the context of a unified Europe that is still struggling with its own self-perception and identity, the framework of international disputes about interpretation of the war was marked by conflicting memories. As a result, and within the increasingly interdependent network of popular television, transnational media and conflicting European memories, Generation War became a televised conflict zone. This article analyses the film as a historical event movie that borrows central aspects from the docudrama genre. It argues that the extra-textual dimension of such programmes is gaining more and more importance for creating resonance effects and thereby also delineates a model of media resonance that reflects the mainly overlooked role that resonance plays with regard to memory processes.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)979-994
Number of pages16
JournalMemory Studies
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2022

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© The Author(s) 2020.


  • Europe
  • Germany
  • Holocaust
  • Second World War
  • docudrama
  • event movie
  • extra-textual
  • memory
  • resonance
  • television
  • war


Dive into the research topics of 'Media resonance and conflicting memories: Historical event movies as conflict zone'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this