Beyond Berlin: Twelve German Cities Confront the Nazi Past (Social History, Popular Culture, and Politics in Germany)

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Beyond Berlin breaks new ground in the ongoing effort to understand how memorials, buildings, and other spaces have figured in Germany's confrontation with its Nazi past. The contributors challenge reigning views of Germany's postwar memory work by examining how specific urban centers apart from the nation's capital have wrestled with their respective Nazi legacies. A wide range of West and East German cities is profiled in the volume: prominent metropolises like Hamburg, dynamic regional centers like Dresden, gritty industrial cities like Wolfsburg, and idyllic rural towns like Quedlinburg. In employing historical, art historical, anthropological, and geographical methodologies to examine these and other important urban centers, the volume's case studies shed new light upon the complex ways in which the confrontation with the Nazi past has directly shaped the German urban landscape since the end of the Second World War.

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This book presents a compelling exploration of the myriad ways in which German cities confronted their Nazi pasts. "Beyond Berlin" breaks new ground in the ongoing effort to understand how memorials, buildings, and other spaces have figured in the larger German struggle to come to terms with the legacy of Nazism. The contributors challenge reigning views of how the task of "coming to terms with the Nazi Past" (Vergangenheitsbewaltigung) has been pursued at specific urban and architectural sites. Focusing on west as well as east German cities - whether prominent metropolises like Hamburg, dynamic regional centers like Dresden, gritty industrial cities like Wolfsburg, or idyllic rural towns like Quedlinburg - the volume's case studies of individual urban centers provide readers with a more complex sense of the manifold ways in which the confrontation with the Nazi past has directly shaped the evolving form of the German urban landscape since the end of the Second World War.

In these multidisciplinary discussions of important intersections with historical, art historical, anthropological, and geographical concerns, this collection deepens our understanding of the diverse ways in which the memory of National Socialism has profoundly influenced postwar German culture and society. Scholars and students interested in National Socialism, modern Germany, memory studies, urban studies and planning, geography, industrial design, and art and architectural history will find the volume compelling. "Beyond Berlin" will appeal to general audiences knowledgeable about the Nazi past as well as those interested in historic preservation, memorials, and the overall dynamics of commemoration.

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Gavriel D. Rosenfeld is Associate Professor of History at Fairfield University, USA and author of The World Hitler Never Made: Alternate History and the Memory of Nazism and Munich and Memory: Architecture, Monuments, and the Legacy of the Third Reich.

Paul B. Jaskot is Associate Professor of Modern Art and Architectural History at DePaul University, USA and author of The Architecture of Oppression: The SS, Forced Labor and the Nazi Monumental Building Economy.

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