The Unmasterable Memory Site
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.
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