By Eli Rubin
Amnesiopolis explores the development of Marzahn, the most important prefabricated housing undertaking in East Germany, outfitted at the outskirts of East Berlin within the Seventies and Eighties, and touted by way of the regime because the way forward for socialism. It additionally focuses particularly at the adventure of East Germans who moved, usually from crumbling slums left over as a legacy of the 19th century, into this appreciably new position, one outlined by natural performance and rationality; a fabric manifestation of the utopian promise of socialism. Read more...
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10 See Pamela Swett, Neighbors and Enemies: The Culture of Radicalism in Berlin, 1929–1933 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2004), for detailed discussion of the “Bloody May” 1929 riots. 11 This is taken from Manfred Otto, “Tradition und Gegenwart” Neue Berliner Illustrierte (no. 3, 1980, 2) = (this article is discussed below). Also Harald Vieth, Bemerkenswerte Bäume in Berlin und Potsdam (Hamburg: Selbstverlag Harald Vieth, 2005). Ironically, that tree died in 1960, and barely lived to see the culmination of the working-class movement whose origins were so associated with it.
In particular, I have found that many of those who moved to Marzahn in the 1970s and 1980s 27 On the Soviet Union, see Mark Smith, Property of Communists: The Urban Housing Program from Stalin to Khruschev (DeKalb, II: Northern Illinois University Press, 2010), and Steven Harris, Communism on Tomorrow Street: Mass Housing and Everyday Life After Stalin (Washington, DC: Woodrow Wilson Center Press/Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013); also on Nizhni Novgorod and Togliatti, Lewis Siegelbaum, Cars for Comrades: The Life of the Soviet Automobile (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2008); on Czechoslovakia see Kimberly Elman Zarecor, Manufacturing a Socialist Modernity: Housing in Czechoslovakia, 1945–1960 (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011); on Poland see Katherine Lebow, Unfinished Utopia: Nowa Huta, Stalinism and Polish Society, 1949–56 (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2013); on Hungary (as well as East Germany) see Virág Molnár, Building the State: Architecture, Politics and State Formation in Postwar Central Europe (New York: Routledge, 2013); on Yugoslavia see Brigitte Le Normand, Designing Tito’s Capital: Urban Planning, Modernism and Socialism in Belgrade (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2014).
59 The majority, especially in the old rental barracks, continued to share in Hungary and East Germany After the Second World War” (2005) gives a much more in-depth background to the formalism debate in East Germany. Also see Palutzki, Architektur, 117, and passim for more specific examples of Ulbricht’s personal critique of modernist architecture. 49 Hannemann, Die Platte, 65. 50 Buck, Mit hohem Anspruch, 172. 51 Buck, Mit hohem Anspruch, 172–3. 52 Buck, Mit hohem Anspruch, 179—this is from the third Baukonferenz, May 6–7, 1959.
Amnesiopolis : modernity, space, and memory in East Germany by Eli Rubin