United City, Divided Memories? focuses on the basic question of how Berlin today deals with three specific Cold War era legacies: the presence of the four Great Powers, the East German Stasi, and the Berlin Wall. Dirk Verheyen studies monuments, museums, and memorial sites as illustrations of Berlin's struggle to craft an effective shared identity that ties together its western and eastern halves.
Dirk Verheyen is the academic director of the FU-BEST (Berlin European Studies) Program at Freie Universitat Berlin.
Chapter 1 A City and a Nation Between Memory and Future Chapter 2 Capturing Memory and Crafting Identity Part 3 Victors and Adversaries: The Legacy of the Great Powers Chapter 4 Occupation, Confrontation, Departure: the Great Powers in Postwar Berlin Chapter 5 Soviet Traces Chapter 6 The Western Allies: A Vanishing Legacy? Chapter 7 Great Powers on Display: A Brief Tale of Two Museums Part 8 Beyond Files and Trials: Public Remembrance and the Legacy of the Stasi Chapter 9 Bureaucratic Shield and Repressive Sword: Rise and Demise of the Stasi Chapter 10 Tyrannical Banality on Display: the "Stasi Museum" Chapter 11 The Commemoration of Persecution in Hohenschonhausen Chapter 12 Coming to Terms with the "Second" German Dictatorship Part 13 The Berlin Wall: Meaning and Memory Chapter 14 Monumental Schizophrenia: The Berlin Wall and Concrete Closure Chapter 15 Commemorating a Vanishing Monument Chapter 16 Checkpoint and Watchtower Museums Chapter 17 Painting and Tracing the Wall