Daniel J. Wolpert



BA MA MPhil
Trinity Hall,
Trinity Lane,
Cambridge CB2 1TJ

I recently completed my PhD in the Department of German and Dutch at the University of Cambridge.

My research focuses on German film made between 1945 and 1949, an era commonly regarded by film historians and critics as characteristic of so-called Trümmerfilme or 'rubble films'.

These films uniquely represent a period when radical re-evaluations of the past were most pressing and imminent. As products of a culture that had as an imperative, the rejection of the recent past these films represent a re-imagining of a national narrative such that an future story could be told. Taking the literary construct of a Stunde Null or 'Zero hour' as a point of collective disavowal I intend to examine the crisis of the national and the self the Nazi past represented for German cinematic culture of the time.


My doctoral work at Cambridge is generously funded by the DRS (Domestic Research Scholarship) Scheme and by Trinity Hall who have graciously contributed to my stipend.