Wall Memorials and Heritage: The Heritage Industry of Berlin’s Checkpoint Charlie

Wall Memorials and Heritage: The Heritage Industry of Berlin’s Checkpoint Charlie

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Publisher: Routledge

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Year: 2016

ISBN: 9781138782938

File Size: 3.25 MB

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Analysing the transformation of Berlin’s former Allied border control point, "Checkpoint Charlie," into a global heritage industry, this volume provides an introduction to, and a theoretically informed structuring of, the interdisciplinary international heritage debate. This crucial case study demonstrates that an unregulated global heritage industry has developed in Berlin which capitalizes on the internationally very attractive – but locally still very painful – heritage of the Berlin Wall. Frank explores the conflicts that occur when private, commercial interests in interpreting and selling history to an international audience clash with traditional, institutionalized public forms of local and national heritage-making and commemorative practices, and with the victims’ perspectives.