From Monuments to Traces: Artifacts of German Memory, 1870-1990

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University of California Press, Jul 18, 2000 - Art - 352 pages
“In this elegant and provocative study, Rudy Koshar describes the myriad ways in which Germans, over the past 150 years, have sought to memorialize various parts of their history--or to forget them. Koshar's treatment is comprehensive, offering detailed discussions of imperial-era attempts to craft a national history, Weimar's attempts to 'remember' the Great War, the grandiose aspirations of the Nazi era, the East/West memory divide after 1945, and the difficulty of commemorating the intertwined histories of the victims, perpetrators and bystanders in the years after 1970. . . . A synthetic, yet subtle and original, account of the continuities in breaks in German cultural history since 1871.”—Suzanne Marchand, Louisiana State University

“This book marks a turning point in the emerging subfield of studies of memory--not only because of its chronological and geographical range, and the breadth of the primary and secondary source material upon which it draws, but especially because of its analytical incisiveness. With its balance between detailed example and overarching interpretation, this engaging and smoothly written account will appeal to general readers interested in the cultural history of Modern Europe, as well as specialists in German and European history.”—Harold Marcuse, University of California, Santa Barbara

 

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Contents

The Berlin Wall 1990
4
Stefan Moses draped MarxEngels Monument
5
The Brandenburg Gate 1887
17
Wilhelm II in Leipzig 1913
26
The Hermannsdenkmal
36
The Kyffhäuser Monument 1897
41
Monument to the Battle of the Nations Leipzig
45
The Reichstag Berlin 1896
61
World War I ruins at Dixmuiden
81
Revolutionary damage to the imperial palace Berlin 1918
92
Ludwig Mies van der Rohes memorial to Liebknecht and Luxemburg
94
Käthe Kollwitzs sculpture The Mother
97
Mother mourning son on World War I memorial in Ehrenbreitstein
102
The Neue Wache Berlin 1930s
109
Monuments
286
Notes
303

Wertheims department store Berlin 1905
64
Germania 1879
73
Police control 48er commemoration
75
The Oranienburger Straße synagogue Berlin 1892
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About the author (2000)

Rudy Koshar, DAAD Professor of German and European Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, is the author of Germany's Transient Pasts (1998) and two other books.

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