Contemporary Monument Concepts in Germany

Stumbling stones; Copyright: Uta Franke
Debates have been under way in Germany since the early 1980s on relevant and appropriate forms of remembrance.
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    Esterwegen Memorial Site, Photo: Simone Schnase

    “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.More ...
    Logo of MemoryLoops; © Michaela Mélian

    “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.More ...
    Visitors to the field of stele at the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, September 2005, Photo: Yara Lemke, Copyright: Stiftung Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas

    The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin

    Since its opening, the Memorial has become one of Berlin’s tourist attractions.More ...
    Berlin Wall Memorial Site, Copyright: picture-alliance/ dpa

    The Berlin Wall as a Memorial

    Reminders of the Wall are only rarely visible.More ...
    Stumbling Stones in Cologne; Copyright by Robert Sprang

    Do Tread on Me!

    Artist Gunter Demnig remembers victims of Nazi persecution – in over 15,000 commemorative stones at German doorsteps.More ...
    The new documentation centre and site, May 2010; Foto: Bildwerk / Stiftung Topographie des Terrors

    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.More ...
    In the Restricted Zone – Art project for Stasi memorials in Berlin; Copyright: Jan Lengert (ZENON, Berlin)

    “Thorny Issue” – the Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial Centre

    In East Berlin the main former prison of the “Stasi” still exists.More ...
    Camp gate with a view to the commander’s office. Copyright: Sammlung Gedenkstätte Buchenwald. Photo: Peter Hansen

    Memorial Sites with a Dual Past

    After reunification, critical reflection and a review of existing forms of commemoration began.More ...
    Karl-Marx-Monument in Chemnitz, Copyright: picture-alliance/ dpa

    Dealing with GDR-Era Monuments

    The new German Länder have a multitude of monuments.More ...
    Jochen Gerz and Esther Shalev-Gerz, `Harburg Anti-Fascism Memorial´, 1986 
Passerby giving her signature, 1986; Copyright: Kulturbehörde Hamburg

    Counter-Monuments - Criticising Traditional Monuments

    The American scholar James E. Young coined the term “counter-monument”.More ...
    Olympiastadion Innen; Copyright: Berlin Partner/FTB-Werbefotografie

    Getting Stones to Speak

    A documentary exhibition showcases the “Historical Venue Olympic Site” in Berlin.More ...
    Renata Stih and Friedrich Schnock: `After 8 p.m. Jewish citizens should not.. …´; Copyright: VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2013

    Seeking Traces of the Past - Thinking about history in public places

    The German word “Denkmal” encapsulates a monument’s primary and vital function.More ...