Contemporary Monument Concepts in Germany
Debates have been under way in Germany since the early 1980s on relevant and appropriate forms of remembrance.
“Moorland soldiers” – Esterwegen Memorial Site
The Esterwegen Memorial Site, an information and documentation centre on the concentration camps in the Emsland region of Germany, was inaugurated at the end of October 2011.
“Memory Loops” – An Overdue Art Work against Forgetting
With the memory project “Memory Loops” about the period of National Socialism, the city of Munich is treading new ground.
The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin
Since its opening, the Memorial has become one of Berlin’s tourist attractions.
The Berlin Wall as a Memorial
Reminders of the Wall are only rarely visible.
Do Tread on Me!
Artist Gunter Demnig remembers victims of Nazi persecution – in over 15,000 commemorative stones at German doorsteps.
The new “Topography of Terror” Documentation Centre
In May 2010, the new Documentation Centre opened with a completely revised and newly designed exhibition in Berlin.
“Thorny Issue” – the Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial Centre
In East Berlin the main former prison of the “Stasi” still exists.
Memorial Sites with a Dual Past
After reunification, critical reflection and a review of existing forms of commemoration began.
Dealing with GDR-Era Monuments
The new German Länder have a multitude of monuments.
Counter-Monuments - Criticising Traditional Monuments
The American scholar James E. Young coined the term “counter-monument”.
Getting Stones to Speak
A documentary exhibition showcases the “Historical Venue Olympic Site” in Berlin.
Seeking Traces of the Past - Thinking about history in public places
The German word “Denkmal” encapsulates a monument’s primary and vital function.
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