The Dispersion of the Simon Family

Posted by Connor.

Remember the opening scene of the Heimat mini-series? After the introduction in English with the photo albums, the camera’s attention turned to Paul and was focused on Paul as he returned to his hometown of Schabbach, Germany. After the First World War, the Simon family had finally been reunited. Their beloved soldier Paul was back from the war. Yet it did not seem to be such a joyous occasion. Everyone in the family went about their daily chores. Mathias didn’t really acknowledge Paul as Paul jumped into to help him mend a piece of metal. Wouldn’t you think he’d have been excited/proud that his son had returned home? Eduard went on reading the newspaper with everyone in the room, talking of all the different political events going on in the world. Paul did not seem to care at all that he was home and was blocking everyone out as he dreamed of his comrade who had passed in the war. I know I did not get the sense that this was a very cohesive family unit. Perhaps Reitz was foreshadowing what was to become of the Simon family, a family left in pieces. Did anyone see this coming? Continue reading

Peer Review Groups for Final Paper

Here are your peer review groups for the final paper:

Group 1:

Group 2:

Group 3:

Group 4:

Group 5:

Be sure to email your paper to your two teammates and to me in MS-Word compatible format (.doc, .docx, .rtf) no later than Tuesday, November 23, at 5 pm!

A Captivating Adventure

Posted by:  EJ

In the captivity narratives folder of the blog there are five blog posts. Between these five posts there are 18 comments. When you combine all of this text it is the equivalent of 18 typed pages.

These 18 pages contain truly original content – ideas we created because we thought they were worth discussing. So what better way to conclude this chapter in the Known World than to revisit these ideas we deemed so important and see if there is one theme that will unite them.

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New vs. Old: The Battle for Schabbach

By Bobby

As we move into Episodes 3 and 4, Reitz begins to focus more on the changing lives of the individual families in the small village of Schabbach rather than the outside world.  Also, as we discussed in class, the outside world, such as the radio and telephone, is increasingly pressing on the village.  Not only is technology invading the Hunsruck, but people are moving in such as Lucie and Otto.  Lucie, I believe, is an extremely important character and needs to be looked at more in depth.

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PTSD from Remote Locations

Posted by EJ:

To follow up on what we discussed in class about the possibility of PTSD from remote locations –


Tonight’s screening of Heimat will once again begin at 7:30 pm in 117 De Bartolo.  In episodes 3 and 4, “The Best Christmas Ever” and “The Imperial Highway,” we will be exploring everyday life under the Nazi regime during the 1930’s.  There will be cake!
I know that several of you have sent me emails during my absence, but I won’t get around to answering them until tomorrow.  If it’s anything urgent, talk to me before or after tonight’s screening.  However, as far as class meeting times and attendance policies are concerned, I refer you to the requisite documentation on this blog.  The information is all readily available.

Back to the Future

Posted by Michael [play this on repeat as you read this post]

Robert Zemeckis’ epic trilogy taught us to importance of recognizing the consequences of our actions and our ability to shape our own future. (If you haven’t seen all three Back to the Future movies, come talk to me so we can plan a movie night) Edgar Reitz’s Heimat includes similar thematic subjects. Linked to the obvious thematic subjects of home and homeland discussed last week, there is also a clear portrayal of the importance of both past and future. The question to each character becomes: which is more important?

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