Rudy Koshar

in From Monuments to Traces

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2000 | ISBN: 9780520217683
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520922525 | DOI:

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After World War II, there was a need to reconstruct important buildings and monuments that had been damaged in Germany. Rebuilding, regardless of its form and whether it emphasized modernization and revolution or preservation of tradition, could never be divorced from the German past. This chapter discusses the importance of reconstructions in the German memory landscape. The experience of Germans after the World War II shows that reconstruction could mean that something which had been broken or lost can be reestablished and reconnected. Monuments and ruins had once dominated ways of thinking and speaking about the German memory landscape, but reconstructions in all their varied forms commanded attention from 1945 to 1970, as Germany emerged from the most murderous military and racial struggle in human history.

Keywords: World War II; rebuilding; reconstructions; monuments; ruins

Chapter.  30251 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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