German Myths since 1945
How and why are myths constructed? Every nation has founding narratives that are meant to support the nation’s self-conception. While neighboring European countries are able to look far back into history, Germans – as a reaction to the experiences under National Socialism – concentrate on the new beginning after 1945. “Economic miracle” or “republic of workers and peasants” – are myths of the Federal Republic and the German Democratic Republic.
Eleven renowned authors analyze German myths starting from the “zero hour,” to the “anti-fascist state,” to the “German revolution of 1989,” and the role as “paymaster of Europe.” Object histories connected with individual myths supplement the richly illustrated texts.
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Stiftung Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn
Wlodzimierz Borodziej, Franz-Josef Brüggemeier, Bettina Citron, Astrid Erll, Anne-Maike Ewert, Bernd Faulenbach, Dominik Geppert, Monika Gibas, Hans Walter Hütter, Daniel Kosthorst, Herfried Münkler, Florian Pauls, Werner Plumpe, Andreas Rödder, Tuya Roth, Peter Paul Schwarz, Frank Uekötter
JahnDesign, Thomas Jahn
Exhibition: “Deutsche Mythen seit 1945”, 6.2016–1.2017, Zeitgeschichtliches Forum Leipzig, 12.2017–8.2018, Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn