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Death at the Berlin Wall$
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Pertti Ahonen

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199546305

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546305.001.0001

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After the Wall

After the Wall

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Death at the Berlin Wall

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This final chapter offers reflections on the way in which the Berlin Wall's legacies have been addressed in post-unification Germany in general and Berlin in particular. The chapter argues that the Wall's legacies have remained prominent in the German public sphere long after the physical structure itself was torn down. It examines two prominent issues: the judicial reckoning with perpetration and victimhood at the Wall, and the public commemoration of the Wall and its victims. The focus lies on the trials of GDR border guards and their superiors during the decade-and-a-half after unification and on the twists and turns of Wall-related memory politics in unified Berlin.

Keywords:   Berlin, Berlin Wall, Berlin Republic, border guard trials, legitimacy, unification, commemoration, memory, justice

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