Berlin in Focus: Cultural Transformations in Germany by Barbara Becker-Cantarino

By Barbara Becker-Cantarino

This number of essays breaks new floor in Berlin after the autumn of the Wall because the urban struggles to re-establish itself because the cultural and political capital of Germany. The essays provide insightful readings of the city, its humans and associations, as a paradigm for contemporary Germany. They concentrate on very important cultural advancements and alterations as they happened specifically, yet now not completely, in Berlin. concerns explored comprise women's function within the restructuring of upper schooling in Berlin, the effect of nation safeguard at Humboldt collage, difficulties of a turning out to be immigrant inhabitants, and the leading edge counter-culture ventures within the Prenzlauer Berg district. different chapters deal with significant cinematic responses to the town through reknowned filmmakers Wim Wenders, Walter Ruttman, and Helke Sander; and the illustration of Berlin and the Berlin Wall in sleek fiction. This quantity makes a massive contribution to the discourse on German identity.

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Raw sewage seeping into the city’s shallow water table, 25 percent of households lacking indoor plumbing) were enormous and represented a financial liability for the city long after federal Berlin subsidies were discontinued. 43. The official term abwickeln was resented even more when it was pointed out that it had also been used by the Nazis for forced sales of Jewish property. 44. ” Der Spiegel 4/1995, p. 23. The same issue carries a report on the comeback of Stalinism and old SED hardliners within the PDS, “Stalins Geist in der PDS,” pp.

During the summer of 1994, the last of the allied troops, including all of the Red Army stationed in East Germany, left Berlin after spending almost fifty years as “occupying,” then as “protective,” forces in the city. 41. East Berlin city employees, including the police force and educators without incriminating Stasi connections, continued in their jobs. 2 percent. The CDU’s Eberhard Diepgen (West Berlin mayor during the 1980s) replaced SPD’s Walter Momper as mayor in the Socialists’ first loss of city hall in the postwar era.

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