8,000 original historical objects on 8,000 square meters — that’s the German Historical Museum in Berlin. In order to not get lost in the 2,000 years of history we had professional help in the form of a tour guide. After a brief overview of the first 1,800 years he zoomed in on the 19th century, highlighting the transformation from a collection of small monarchies into the first German Empire in 1871.
Time and again our group ran into depictions of Germania, the allegorical rendition of German nationhood. Whether she was shown in a sleepy surprise at the dawn of the national movement in Germania, or, angry and ready to fight the supposedly threatening neighboring empires, she provoked great responses from our group.