By Gavriel D. Rosenfeld
Past Berlin breaks new flooring within the ongoing attempt to appreciate how memorials, structures, and different areas have figured in Germany's war of words with its Nazi prior. The individuals problem reigning perspectives of Germany's postwar reminiscence paintings through reading how particular city facilities except the nation's capital have wrestled with their respective Nazi legacies. quite a lot of West and East German towns is profiled within the quantity: well known metropolises like Hamburg, dynamic local facilities like Dresden, gritty commercial towns like Wolfsburg, and idyllic rural cities like Quedlinburg. In applying old, artwork historic, anthropological, and geographical methodologies to check those and different very important city facilities, the volume's case experiences shed new gentle upon the complicated ways that the disagreement with the Nazi prior has without delay formed the German city panorama because the finish of the second one global War."Beyond Berlin is without doubt one of the so much interesting, deeply probing collections ever released on Germany's ongoing war of words with its Nazi earlier. Its editors, Gavriel Rosenfeld and Paul Jaskot, have taken the exploration of Germany's city memorial panorama to its maximum point yet."---James E. younger, Professor and Chair, division of Judaic and close to japanese experiences, collage of Massachusetts Amherst, and writer of the feel of reminiscence and At Memory's Edge"This is a top-notch choice of essays that positions itself within the populated box of reminiscence reviews by means of bringing jointly unique contributions representing the simplest of latest scholarship on structure, city layout, monuments, and reminiscence in East and West Germany. Taken jointly, the essays remind readers that the Nazi earlier is often current whilst German architects, city planners, and politicians make judgements to rip down, rebuild, restoration, and memorialize."---S. Jonathan Wiesen, division of historical past, Southern Illinois college, Carbondale
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Thomas Widera suggests in his study about postwar Dresden: “In the totality of the destruction lay the singular chance to present the utopia of the new time in contrast to a past that had been completely wiped out and to de‹ne in their entirety the memory structures [of this event]. . ”25 By describing the bombings in this manner for propaganda purposes, the East German government continued both in rhetoric and intent the course of the National Socialist exploitation of the bombings in their effort to stir up strong emotions against the Allied forces.
41. Schmid, Antifaschismus, 91. 42. Annegret Nippa and Peter Herbstreuth, Eine kleine Geschichte der Synagoge aus dreizehn Städten (Hamburg, 1999), 311. 43. Barbara Heimannsberg, “The Work of Remembering: A Psychodynamic View of the Nazi Past as It Exists in Germany Today,” in The Collective Silence: German Identity and the Legacy of Shame, ed. Barbara Heimannsberg and Christoph J. Schmidt (San Francisco, 1993), 163. 44. , 163–64. 45. de/archiv. 46. Joachim Fischer, “Prager Straße in Dresden: Zur Architektur-Soziologie eines utopischen Stadtensembles,” Ausdruck und Gebrauch 5 (2004): 13.
Pride off against . . historical responsibility. 44 After the GDR ceased to exist, Dresden residents quickly tried to reassert themselves. However, rather than striving to take part in a larger national identity, Dresden’s self-worth was bound up with local developments. Dresden residents saw their city as exceptional, with a transnational ›air—an assessment based largely on its architectural reputation. Reconstruction debates thus quickly arose in Dresden yet again. 45 The wide use of the phrase “third destruction” gives an understanding of the immense unpopularity of the East German approach to rebuilding in Dresden and reveals the disdain most Dresden residents had for any modern forms of architectural expression.
Beyond Berlin: Twelve German Cities Confront the Nazi Past (Social History, Popular Culture, and Politics in Germany) by Gavriel D. Rosenfeld