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Demolition on Karl Marx SquareCultural Barbarism and the People's State in 1968$
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Andrew Demshuk

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190645120

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190645120.001.0001

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The Unmasterable Memory Site

(p.189) Epilogue
Demolition on Karl Marx Square

Andrew Demshuk

Oxford University Press

After first examining the return of the University Church to public discussion on the eve of the peaceful revolution of 1989, in which Leipzig played a leading role, this epilogue examines debates about this troubled memory site after 1989, including whether reconstruction of the University Church was possible or desirable. Passionate argumentation on all sides resulted in the formation of local initiatives, the resignation of a university president, and numerous architectural competitions. The resulting postmodern Paulinum and new Augusteum which have arisen on the western side of Augustus Square cite preceding structures but serve contemporary needs. Historical memory and the search for meaning after public trauma on this unmasterable memory site continue, with repercussions to the present day.

Keywords:   politics of memory, postmodernism, reconstruction, 1989, peaceful protest, preservationism, trauma

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