Some realities of resilience: A case-study of Wittenberge

  • Lewis J
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Abstract

Purpose – The aim of this paper is to explore community resilience during the short-term stages of recovery of Wittenberge in 1945, surrender in the final months of the Second World War and the commencement for the town of Soviet administration; with comments on longer-term contexts of continued resilience and recovery to the present day. The paper examines origins and current use of the term “resilience” for comparison with its realities that are identified. Design/methodology/approach – Translated extracts of a chronology of events in Wittenberge during 1945 (Muchow) are the basis of an exploration of social impacts for a town in wartime of exhaustion, defeat, surrender, political change and impoverishment. Findings – Current interpretations of social resilience frequently do not match its reality, largely due to overuse of the word. Resilience is conditioned by circumstances that cannot be assumed, sudden change here being part of the war experience, not a consequence. Research limitations/implications...

Author-supplied keywords

  • Disasters
  • Germany
  • Manmade disaster
  • Resilience
  • Second World War
  • United Kingdom
  • Wittenberge

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