Creation & Destruction
May 10, 1933. It is a late spring evening in Berlin, and your favorite author's books re about to be obliterated. Across the street from the town's oldest and most prestigious university, books are being gathered by the thousands for a bonfire the likes of which had never before been seen.
Borders, Boundaries & Reflections
August 13, 1961. No date with your girlfriend tonight - you have to postpone dinner and a movie for at least another 28 years. She's on the other side of the wall that went up through the center of the city while you slept. Your school and your grandparents also happen to be on the other side of the bricks, concrete and barbed wire. Now what?
Meaning-Making & Memorialization
February 26, 1943. It's a cold, cold morning in Berlin. Richard C. Berstein leaves home and goes to work for the last time. The factory he is employed at is raided and the only remaining Jewish employees (mostly men and a few women) are those married to non-Jewish Germans. They are rounded up and imprisoned a downtown building. Their future is uncertain.
P.S. Berlin! = Practically Symbolic Communication
What do you envision when you hear "Hunger Fork" and "Pregnant Oyster?" Do you know your Television Tower from your Victory Column? Can you tell a Buddy Bear from an Ampelmaennchen? What do the "U" and "S" signs all over town mean? What about the stumbling stones and glass domes? What's the difference between a Hakenkreuz and Bhf Westkreuz?
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