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 earlier. The individuals problem reigning perspectives of Germany's postwar reminiscence paintings via studying how particular city facilities except the nation's capital have wrestled with their respective Nazi legacies. a variety of West and East German towns is profiled within the quantity: fashionable metropolises like Hamburg, dynamic neighborhood facilities like Dresden, gritty business towns like Wolfsburg, and idyllic rural cities like Quedlinburg. In utilizing ancient, paintings historic, anthropological, and geographical methodologies to ascertain those and different vital city facilities, the volume's case reports shed new gentle upon the advanced ways that the war of words with the Nazi earlier has at once formed the German city panorama because the finish of the second one global War."Beyond Berlin is likely one of the such a lot attention-grabbing, deeply probing collections ever released on Germany's ongoing disagreement with its Nazi prior. 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 jap reviews, collage of Massachusetts Amherst, and writer of the feel of reminiscence and At Memory's Edge"This is a top-notch selection of essays that positions itself within the populated box of reminiscence experiences through bringing jointly unique contributions representing the simplest of recent scholarship on structure, city layout, monuments, and reminiscence in East and West Germany. Taken jointly, the essays remind readers that the Nazi previous is usually current whilst German architects, city planners, and politicians make judgements to rip down, rebuild, restoration, and memorialize."---S. Jonathan Wiesen, division of background, Southern Illinois college, Carbondale
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According to popular opinion, the destruction of Dresden’s architectural treasures only truly began several years later, on February 13 and 14, 1945, when the city was ‹rebombed by British and American forces. The destruction of the synagogue has thus been overshadowed by the 1945 raids, which, in turn, play a signi‹cant role in the way that Dresden’s inhabitants view themselves and their city. While the experience on the ground was clearly horri‹c, the Nazi propaganda machine found ways to heighten the horror.
Nora Goldenbogen, “Nationalsozialistische Judenverfolgung in Dresden seit 1938—ein Überblick,” Dresdner Hefte 45 (2000): 77; Gryglewski, Erinnerung, 113. 15. Nora Goldenbogen, Die Dresdner Synagoge: Geschichte und Geschichten (Teetz, 2004), 37. 16. Matthias Neutzner, “Vom Alltäglichen zum Exemplarischen: Dresden als Chiffre für den Luftkrieg der Alliierten,” in Das rote Leuchten: Dresden und der Bombenkrieg, ed. Oliver Reinhard, Matthias Neutzner, and Wolfgang Hesse (Dresden, 2005), 111. 17. Goldenbogen, Synagoge, 38.
View from the northwest. (Photo: Würker, 1974. ) Despite much protest by artists and architects, Dresden residents have undertaken popular initiatives to ensure the rebuilding of almost all parts of the historic city center the way they looked before the ‹rebombing in 1945, even if this means the destruction of buildings erected during East German times. The Prager Strasse, for instance, which many view as a key example for “one of the most spectacular and successful” architectural ensembles in the Socialist style (‹g.