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    The spirit of an epoch is not just reflected in pictures and books, but also in pots and frying pans: GDR museums and memories of everday life

    Arnold-de-Simine, Silke (2011) The spirit of an epoch is not just reflected in pictures and books, but also in pots and frying pans: GDR museums and memories of everday life. In: Hodgin, N. and Pearce, C. (eds.) The GDR Remembered. Representations of the East German State since 1989. Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture. Rochester, New York, USA: Camden House, pp. 95-111. ISBN 9781571134349.

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    Book synopsis: Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the consequences of the country's divided past continue to be debated. The legacy of the German Democratic Republic occupies a major role in German popular culture, with audiences flocking to films claiming to depict the East German state "as it was." Politicians from both left and right make use of its legacy to support their parties' approach to unification, while former citizens of the GDR are still working through their own memories of the regime and adjusting to unification. Since 1989, competing representations of the East German state have emerged, some underlining its repressive nature, others lamenting the loss of a sense of community. The twentieth anniversary of the Wende is an occasion to reflect upon both the history of the GDR and the ways in which it has been remembered, and the present volume presents new research on the theme from a variety of perspectives, with sections on film and literature, museums and memorials, and historiography and politics.

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