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After the Berlin Wall: Memory and the Making of the New Germany, 1989 to the Present

After the Berlin Wall: Memory and the Making of the New Germany, 1989 to the Present

Publisher

Cambridge University Press, 2019

ISBN

1107627400
After the Berlin Wall: Memory and the Making of the New Germany, 1989 to the Present

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The history and meaning of the Berlin Wall remain controversial, even three decades after its fall. Drawing on an extensive range of archival sources and interviews, this book profiles key memory activists who have fought to commemorate the history of the Berlin Wall and examines their role in the creation of a new German national narrative. With victims, perpetrators and heroes, the Berlin Wall has joined the Holocaust as an essential part of German collective memory. Key Wall anniversaries have become signposts marking German views of the past, its relevance to the present, and the complicated project of defining German national identity. Considering multiple German approaches to remembering the Wall via memorials, trials, public ceremonies, films, and music, this revelatory work also traces how global memory of the Wall has impacted German memory policy. It depicts the power and fragility of state-backed memory projects, and the potential of such projects to reconcile or divide.

About the Author

Hope M. Harrison

Hope M. Harrison

Co-Chair, History and Public Policy Program Advisory Board

Dr. Hope M. Harrison is Professor of History & International Affairs, George Washington University.

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