In: KulturPoetik 2005, Heft 1


Yahya Elsaghe


»Donnersmarck« und »Blumenberg«. Verschwinden und Wiederkehr jüdischer Charaktere in der Geschichte der Thomas Mann-Verfilmungen




Jewish characters appear in almost all of Thomas Mann’s novels, and in many of his novellas. In the early works especially, these characters bear the stereotypical marks of anti-Semitism. This article examines the comparatively large number of films based on the narrative works of Thomas Mann in the light of the question of whether and in what way the anti-Semitic undercurrent of the written texts surfaces when they are adapted for film. In one way or another, all of these post-war productions are related to the specific role Thomas Mann played, and continues to play, in the process of German collective self-reassurance.