Helga Hirsch: Life Again at Last. Siedler Verlag (Hardcover, Social & Cultural Studies)

Life Again at Last

Women looking back at the fifties

Original Title: Endlich wieder leben

Hardcover with jacket, 288 pages, 13.5 x 21.5 cm, 5.3 x 8.5 in.
ISBN: 978-3-88680-989-9
€ 19.99 [D] | € 20.60 [A] | CHF 28.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Siedler

Date of publication: October 1, 2012
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Helga  Hirsch - Life Again at Last


Children, the kitchen and soldiers returning from war – the life of women in the fifties

We remember the fifties as the time when the economy was looking up and things were moving forward; as a period in which people were getting used to the superficial world of consumerism. The fifties are also seen as a time of constriction, prudish family life and a refusal to acknowledge personal political responsibility for the recent past.

And so this was a decade of contrasts, the atmosphere was charged. The shop windows were brightly coloured and full, while at the same time unrest was seething behind the scenes. The humble housewife next to the sinful Knef, the "Devil's General" next to folksy kitsch. People wanted to break out, escape, and rock 'n' roll, blue jeans and petticoats were the means to do it with, while at the same time people longed for traditional family life.

Helga Hirsch has painted a picture of a decade that as no other embodies people's dreams and trauma.


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