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Risen from RuinsThe Cultural Politics of Rebuilding East Berlin$
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Paul Stangl

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781503603202

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9781503603202.001.0001

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Unter den Linden

Unter den Linden

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Risen from Ruins

Paul Stangl

Stanford University Press

Shortly after the war, preservationists lobbied for funds to carry out emergency repairs to key structures on Unter den Linden. The SMAD displayed little interest, and German Communist politicians sought to efface monumental buildings as symbols of the Prussian-German monarchy and military. The adoption of socialist realism in 1950 meant that valuable architecture should be restored as national cultural heritage. Buildings created for cultural purposes were readily rehabilitated, while those with militaristic place-based meaning prompted debate over how best to reinterpret them. Socialist realism allowed multiple possibilities, and decision-makers sought a solution that best mitigated concerns over militarism while maintaining conceptual and formal continuity.

Keywords:   Historic preservation, iconoclasm, Unter den Linden, boulevard, the Arsenal, Neue Wache, the Brandenburg Gate

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