Year: 2006 Source: Journal of Contemporary History, v.41, no.1, (January 2006), p.153-173 SIEC No: 20070130

The author discusses suicides which occurred in Germany at the end of World War II. He states the motivations of individuals dying by suicide were various & multi-faceted but what they had in common was a general feeling of insecurity & the lack of a future perspective. This article focuses on contemporary representations of suicide &, at the same time, tries to offer some explanations for these acts of self-destruction. (102 refs.)