Berlin and WWII: War and Memory with John Owen

Berlin and WWII: War and Memory with John Owen


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Walking around modern Berlin, we see memorials to the crimes perpetrated by Germans during the Second World War in many prominent parts of the city center. This conversation will look at the historical background of these memorials and the long processes which led to their creation. 

It will then move on to look at what is not memorialized and how Berliners in both East and West chose to 'forget' some of the physical structures which characterized the city during the Nazi period while attempting to leave their ideological stamps in their place. Finally, it will briefly consider some of the more recent developments in so-called 'memory politics' in Germany and ask what effects those will have on the Berlin of tomorrow.

Led by historian John Owen, this interactive seminar will approach war and memorialization whilst looking at the larger narrative of World War Two. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with a better understanding of this sensitive subject.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Learn So Much!

This was a really fascinating talk about aspects of the lead up to the Nazi regime that I was not aware of, plus learning about what Berlin has accomplished (and not) since WWII to memorialize this awful time in our world's history.

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New insights in remembrance

Thought I knew German history of that period well already but John offered new insights into the aim of memorializing and remembering. It was enlightening and appreciated

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Excellent Perspective

John, as an English scholar and native Berliner gives a excellent overview of life in Berlin from the 1920s through the fall of the Nazi government in 1945 and the slow recovery that followed.

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Based on 25 reviews
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J.M.
Learn So Much!

This was a really fascinating talk about aspects of the lead up to the Nazi regime that I was not aware of, plus learning about what Berlin has accomplished (and not) since WWII to memorialize this awful time in our world's history.

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F.
New insights in remembrance

Thought I knew German history of that period well already but John offered new insights into the aim of memorializing and remembering. It was enlightening and appreciated

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A.

Guest did not leave comment

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W.
Excellent Perspective

John, as an English scholar and native Berliner gives a excellent overview of life in Berlin from the 1920s through the fall of the Nazi government in 1945 and the slow recovery that followed.