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Reichstag Graffiti

by Frederick Baker, Deborah Lipstadt

ISBN 3931321053 / 9783931321055 / 3-931321-05-3
Publisher Jovis
Country Germany
Language German
Edition Hardcover
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In Germany's seat of government, the Reichstag, the walls speak. Covered in graffiti by victorious Soviet soldiers in 1945, they had been obscured until 1995, when they were rediscovered by architect Norman Foster and his team. Preserved by Foster as part of his conception of the Reichstag as a "living museum" of German history, these anti-German scribblings became a hotly debated subject: some charged that the graffiti was racially offensive and best erased, while others argued that its preservation betokened a salutory effort to learn the lessons of the past. Accompanying essays consider the graffiti as a public monument and offer an historical account of the Battle of Berlin through the eyes of Red Army soldiers as they approached their ultimate goal, the Reichstag. [via]