- Taschenbuch: 282 Seiten
- Verlag: University of Chicago Press; Auflage: New edition (15. November 1998)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0226467627
- ISBN-13: 978-0226467627
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 2,5 x 22,9 cm
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The Ghosts of Berlin: Confronting German History in the Urban Landscape (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 15. November 1998
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Brian Ladd examines the ongoing conflicts radiating from the fusion of architecture, history and national identity in present-day Berlin. This volume asks such questions as: how will a reunified Germany confront a diverse and authoritarian past rendered tangible by the Berlin Wall, the Reichstag, Hitler's bunker - even the Brandenburg Gate? How can the rich culture of the past, the artistic and intellectual heritage of Berlin's avant garde be rescued from the Cold War blight of Potsdamer Platz? And can the Neue Wache, Berlin's monumental rememberance of the horrors of tyranny and war, become the structural centre-piece and symbollic guardian of this once and future capital? Ladd surveys the urban landscape and deconstructs the public debates and political controversies emerging from Berlin's past and concludes that the ghosts of Berlin may never, indeed, should never, fade away.
Berlin is once again the official capital of a united Germany and, perhaps, the metaphorical capital of a new Europe. In accordance with its received status, a series of massive architectural projects has been initiated, intended to restore, reveal, and reinvent both the physical and the symbolic city of Berlin. But to build a future, one must first examine the past. And Berlin's past is particularly troubling. In this elegant and compelling work, Brian Ladd examines the ongoing conflicts radiating from the remarkable fusion of architecture, history, and national identity in Berlin. How is reunified Germany confronting a divisive and authoritarian past rendered tangible by the Berlin Wall, the Reichstag, Hitler's bunker - even the Brandenburg Gate? How can the rich culture of the past, the artistic and intellectual heritage of Berlin's avant garde, be rescued from the Cold War blight of Potsdamer Platz? And can the Neue Wache, Berlin's monumental remembrance of the horrors of tyranny and war, become the structural centerpiece and the symbolic guardian of this once and future capital? With keen insight and exacting scholarship, Ladd surveys the urban landscape, excavating its ruins, contemplating its buildings and memorials, and carefully deconstructing the public debates and political controversies emerging from its past. In the end, it becomes clear that the ghosts of Berlin may never, indeed should never, fade away.
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The author does a good job of injecting the voices of the debate into his story at the beginning of each of the chapters through the use of quotes. But he also has a tone and a pessimism that is a bit off-putting, especially when he states "Politicians and architects who want to put to rest the ghosts of Berlin are probably doomed to failure." I disagree. Vehemently. The author should go to Berlin today in 2016 and see if still agrees with that statement of his.
Still, there was a lot of good material and the author captured a snapshot of a time now long past. Thankfully. I am quite happy that the Berlin of the 21st century is a dynamic city that is once again capturing the imagination of the world.
The historical significance of structures is explained by Ladd. He explains structures that had political and historical significance even they no longer exist. Such was explained at the beginning in explaining the Berlin Wall.
From that point on, Ladd delves into Old Berlin with its palaces and Medieval Berlin with The Nikolai Quarter. He goes onto explaining the significance of The Brandenburg Gate with its rich history and how the structure has changed and been rebuilt several times. Such famous structures dominant in late 19th century and early 20th century from The Reichstag, The Mietskaserne and the development of Potsdamer Platz bring forth arguments in Berlin as to rebuild these areas as they were or not to do so. Hence the Berliners are at a quandary as what to do about their history. Should Berlin rebuild as of old or wipe the slate clean with a new and different Berlin.
The arguments become more intense especially with such structures brought forth during the twelve year rule of Nazi Germany. Many Berliners want all presence of old Nazi structures to be gone forever. However there is an argument that Berliners must never forget the misdeeds of their heritage. These are difficult arguments which must be eventually brought to a head.
Ladd explains the ruins of post WWII Berlin and what was destroyed and how East Berlin differed in its architectural development from how West Berlin dealt with rebuilding. When I was stationed in Germany in 1970/71 I went to Berlin three times. Not only was I in West Berlin but as a soldier I had access to go to East Berlin. What I saw startled me. In West Berlin you saw new infrastructure everywhere. New roads, new buildings with current technology were prevalent throughout West Berlin. West Berlin was a ray of sunshine amid the darkness of surrounding East Germany and East Berlin.
Once you crossed over at Checkpoint Charlie into East Berlin, you saw the drabness of the color gray. There was no sunshine! Buildings were scarred with shrapnel indentations and the roads resembled the Ho Chi Minh trail on all side streets.
Ladd explains some of the attempts such as Stalinallee which was developed to impress the West. However in all reality most of East Berlin resembled ghetto areas of slums which were barely adequate and was in stark contrast to West Berlin. Ladd also deals with the monuments so prevalent both in East Berlin and West Berlin. Arguments are detailed as to what should be retained and what should be destroyed. Heavy and meaningful arguments come from both sides. This shows to us the quandary when dealing with the ghosts and the history of this city.
Ladd shows a city in transition, which truly shows to one and all just how flexible and forward looking are the people who call Berlin their home. This is a haunting book which deals with a city trying to move onto the future with a careful eye on the past. Great read!!
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