By Eli Rubin
Amnesiopolis explores the development of Marzahn, the biggest prefabricated housing undertaking in East Germany, equipped at the outskirts of East Berlin within the Nineteen Seventies and Eighties, and touted via the regime because the way forward for socialism. It additionally focuses in particular at the event of East Germans who moved, frequently from crumbling slums left over as a legacy of the 19th century, into this noticeably new position, one outlined by natural performance and rationality; a fabric manifestation of the utopian promise of socialism. Read more...
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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. 53 Statistisches Jahrbuch der DDR, 1990; this is also in Buck, Mit hohem Anspruch, 177. 54 Buck, Mit hohem Anspruch, 177. 55 Buck, Mit hohem Anspruch, 179. 56 Palutzki, Architektur, 194. 57 Buck, Mit hohem Anspruch, 179. 58 Buck, Mit hohem Anspruch, 181. 59 Palutzki, Architektur, 194. 22 Amnesiopolis t oilets that were accessed from the landing in the stairwell halfway between floors.
They were cut adrift. And as a result, they have been forced to re-narrate the story of their lives in this place in order to reclaim their lives—most of the published sources in this regard are almost completely under the radar, as indeed very little of the broader German public wants to read about their lives, or about places like Marzahn. But these memoirs, assembled either as community service projects, by local publishers, or by the local district museum, form a valuable window on a period of German and European history that will not pass away.
He knew that there was tremendous need for such housing, and that he could make himself very popular with the citizens of the USSR and Party members by championing this cause. See Hannemann, Die Platte, 61. 68 See Smith, Property of Communists. 72 In fact, one of the strongest motivations for Khrushchev was his awareness of the West and its higher standard of living—and for him the contrast between West and East Germany was a significant problem in his propaganda war with the West. 77 Because of East Berlin’s proximity to West Berlin, it was always necessarily a showpiece of the communist world—the most visited part of the Soviet empire by citizens of the West, as well as by international and non-aligned visitors.