The Counter-Monument: Memory Shaped by Male Post-War Legacies

  • Corinna Tomberger


Efforts to remember the victims of the Nazi past by building monuments are very common in today’s Germany. Even more, they are part of the representational politics of the German state. Since 1993 the Neue Wache, or New Guardhouse, dedicated to ‘the Victims of War and Tyranny’, serves as the central German memorial for ceremonies and state visits. The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe (Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas), dedicated in 2005, has not only become one of Berlin’s main touristic sites, but, in the very centre of the German capital, it also showcases a self-confident reunified Germany now able to come to terms with its Nazi past.


German State Jewish History Masculine Identity Building Monument German Capital 
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    For the emergence of the ‘new history movement’, see A. G. Frei, ‘Alltag — Region — Politik. Anmerkungen zur “neuen Geschichtsbewegung”’, Geschichtsdidaktik. Probleme, Projekte, Perspektiven 9:2 (1984), 107–20.Google Scholar
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    J. E. Young, ‘The Counter-Monument: Memory against Itself in Germany Today’, Critical Inquiry 18(1992), 267–97.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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