By Barbara Becker-Cantarino
This choice of essays breaks new flooring in taking a look at Berlin after the autumn of the Wall because the urban struggles to re-establish itself because the cultural and political capital of Germany. The essays provide insightful readings of the city, its humans and associations, as a paradigm for contemporary Germany. They specialize in vital cultural advancements and alterations as they happened specially, yet now not solely, in Berlin. matters explored contain women's position within the restructuring of upper schooling in Berlin, the impression of nation defense at Humboldt collage, difficulties of a turning out to be immigrant inhabitants, and the cutting edge counter-culture ventures within the Prenzlauer Berg district. different chapters tackle significant cinematic responses to the town by means of reknowned filmmakers Wim Wenders, Walter Ruttman, and Helke Sander; and the illustration of Berlin and the Berlin Wall in glossy fiction. This quantity makes an enormous contribution to the discourse on German identity.
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Though much more progressive than in the old federal states, the various legal and administrative efforts in Berlin to promote and support women in academic careers have had only very moderate success. Women remain underrepresented in both the HEP Program and in the Job-Creating Measures (ABM) for academia and in higher education in general. The underrepresentation of women in the teaching body has become more and more striking since unification. ” 1991, 7). Likewise, in the new federal states, the process of reordering and restructuring the universities has included far too few women.
Many East Berliners, who were forced into early retirement, lost their jobs, or work below their qualifications in the new system, and, especially many women,45 long for values and recognition, often nostalgically recalling their former “niche,” their role in, and protection by, a socialist enterprise. In East Berlin that often meant a relatively privileged position in the socialist state among the country’s elite workers and intellectuals. Coming to terms with the past and facing the present is an ongoing, unresolved, and unsettling process.
3–39) for a detailed, dispassionate discussion of the period. The accessibility of East German and some Russian archives has brought to light definitive evidence of aggressive plans for a Communist Europe during the Stalinist era. The city of Berlin was a key object in that policy. The postwar political history of Berlin is presently undergoing substantive revisions on the basis of newly accessible documents. ” Die Planung der KPD-Führung in Moskau 1944/45, and the interesting (and influential) eyewitness accounts by prominent journalists Wolfgang Leonhardt and Carola Stern.