Remembering peaceful revolution and unification: Public commemorations in reunified Germany (1990-2014).

Author/s Costanza Calabretta
Publishing Year 2015 Issue 2015/96 Language Italian
Pages 17 P. 23-39 File size 136 KB
DOI 10.3280/PASS2015-096002
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The article aims to analyze how Germany commemorates the 1989 peaceful revolution (the movement that caused the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of Gdr) and the following German reunification. It examines the choice of 3 October as a national holiday, the «day of the German Unity» reminding the fulfilment of the reunification process when in 1990 the Gdr Lander joined the Federal Republic. It also analyzes the commemorations related to the memory of the peaceful revolution: 9 November (Fall of the Berlin Wall) and 9 October (1989 Montagsdemo in Leipzig), focusing on the tenth, twentieth and twenty-fifth anniversary. Looking at the rituals and the master narratives developed during the commemorations, the article underlines how these national days have led to a heterogeneous depiction of the 1989-90 events.

Keywords: Peaceful revolution, German reunification, National day, Commemorations, Public memory

Costanza Calabretta, Ricordare la rivoluzione pacifica e l’unificazione. Le commemorazioni pubbliche della Germania riunificata (1990-2014) in "PASSATO E PRESENTE" 96/2015, pp 23-39, DOI: 10.3280/PASS2015-096002