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Places of History, Memory

At almost every turn, Germany’s and Berlin’s complex landscape of memory offers the visitor another view. A particularly impressive and moving example is the memorial in Berlin’s Bavarian quarter, which commemorates the deported and murdered Jewish citizens of Berlin.

At first, the memorial is hard to detect. In an urban setting where colorful advertisements for daily goods are the norm, the small signs on the lamp posts do not stand out. But then the eye catches hold of a drawing of a loaf of bread; of a sign with an envelope, a playground structure, and so on. Step by step one can trace the gradual exclusion of Jewish citizens from social life: shopping becomes prohibited, the participation in choirs is not allowed anymore, the purchase of newspapers is forbidden…

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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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