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The Berlin Palace, for centuries the seat of the Hohenzollern dynasty, was transformed into a multifaceted public space during the Weimar Republic. The palace became a centre of culture and science – a place of learning and social interaction in museums, institutes and charitable institutions. After 1933, this social openness and cultural diversity was destroyed by the Nazi dictatorship; the building was severely damaged during WWII and finally demolished by the GDR leadership.

The short phase of appropriation of this place of monarchic power by the civil society of the young democracy is little known. It offers an opportunity to reflect on how buildings can be filled with new content and made fruitful for a changing society, despite their questionable symbolic aura. In this context it is illuminating to look at other examples, such as the Palace of Culture in Warsaw, and also to look back at the Palace of the Republic and its shortlived cultural use shortly before its demolition.

Join us and our guests:
Christian Walter, Agnieszka Pufelska, Philipp Oswalt and Chana Schuetz in the discussion.

Jan Linders (Programme and Events Humboldt Forum)




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