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Architecture, ASC in Germany, German History

ASC Students Visit German Parliament

Since 1991, the German Parliament, called Bundestag, has been meeting again in the Reichstag. Built by the Kaiser, burnt down by the Nazis, and then lingering in the no-man’s-land along the Berlin Wall for decades, this building synthesizes more than others the many layers of German history.A visit is more or less required, and once again MdB [Mitglied des Bundestages] Harald Leibrecht has generously welcomed us at the Bundestag. After an engaged discussion of current political issues, ranging from the Euro-crisis to the US-German relations, Mr. Leibrecht took us on a tour of the building itself.


The labyrinth of halls and walkways under the Reichstag houses, among other things, a piece of the sewage tunnel used by the arsonists who laid fire to the building in 1933.

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Leibrecht concluded our visit at the top of the building, where Norman Foster’s famous dome allows visitors a glance down into the assembly hall of the German parliament and a fabulous 360 degree view of the entire city of Berlin.

ASC students on the roof of the German parliament. In the background you see a part of Norman Foster’s glass dome.

About GG

Gundolf Graml is Associate Prof. and Dir. of German Studies at Agnes Scott College. He has a Ph.D. in German Studies from the University of Minnesota and has published articles on German and Austrian film and tourism. He is currently writing a book about tourism and Austrian national identity after 1945. Other research projects include critical whiteness studies and, most recently, investigations into the connection between memory and nature. At ASC, Gundolf Graml teaches courses on a broad range of topics, from German 101 to German and Austrian Cinema and Afro-German History and Culture.

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