- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Expected online publication date: September 2019
- Print publication year: 2019
- Online ISBN: 9781107278899
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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.
Konrad H. Jarausch - University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and author of Out of Ashes: A New History of Europe in the Twentieth Century
Charles S. Maier - Harvard University and author of Dissolution: The Crisis of Communism and the End of East Germany
Jeffrey K. Olick - William R. Kenan Professor of Sociology and History, University of Virginia
Christian F. Ostermann - Director of the History and Public Policy Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Jay Winter - Yale University, Connecticut