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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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From Royal Palace to Marx-Engels Square

From Royal Palace to Marx-Engels Square

(p.130) 4 From Royal Palace to Marx-Engels Square
Risen from Ruins

Paul Stangl

Stanford University Press

Modernist architect Hans Scharoun led efforts to obtain Magistrat funds for emergency repairs to the Berlin Palace after the war. He faced opposition from Communist politicians taking an iconoclastic view, although they came to value parts of the palace as space for exhibitions and other uses. Unlike the architecture on Unter den Linden, this structure would not be saved by the shift to socialist realism. Walter Ulbricht concealed his disdain for the palace’s symbolism, while declaring it a ruin that must be removed to create space for a central square for demonstrations. While socialist realism demanded a central square, it could have taken many forms on many locations. Attempts to begin shaping Marx-Engels Square included proposals for a FIAPP Memorial, a grandstand, and Marx-Engels Memorial as well as debate over the future of the Building Academy.

Keywords:   Berlin Palace, Schlüter, Walter Ulbricht, iconoclasm, FIAPP, Marx-Engels Square, Marx-Engels Memorial, German Building Academy, Schinkel

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