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The German Reunification on display: Museums and exhibitions in Berlin after 1989
Journal Title: MEMORIA E RICERCA  
Author/s: Costanza Calabretta 
Year:  2013 Issue: 44 Language: Italian 
Pages:  19 Pg. 197-215 FullText PDF:  146 KB
DOI:  10.3280/MER2013-044012
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The article aim is to analyze how Berlin museums display the peaceful revolution (the movement that caused the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of GDR) and the following German reunification. The article focuses on four different historical-museums (Deutsches Historisches Museum, DDR-Museum, Mauer-Museum, Stasi-Museum). Furthermore it examines two temporary exhibitions («Wir sind das Volk!» and «1990: der Weg zur Einheit»), that took place in Berlin in 2009/2010. Looking at the different exhibition strategy and at the slightly different historical interpretations the museums offer, the author underlines how museums and exhibitions develop heterogeneous depiction of the 1989/90 events. The museums role in building the public memory is the key-concept of the article, and this inquiry wants to represent a way to analyze it.
Keywords: Gdr, Berlin, peaceful revolution, German reunification, museums and exhibitions, public memory.

Costanza Calabretta, The German Reunification on display: Museums and exhibitions in Berlin after 1989 in "MEMORIA E RICERCA " 44/2013, pp. 197-215, DOI:10.3280/MER2013-044012


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