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This year, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moved the Doomsday Clock dial forward to two minutes to midnight. The symbolic gesture shows that the threat of nuclear war still looms, long after the end of the Cold War. In this article, Sarah Robey, Silvia Berger Ziauddin and Peter Bennesved consider the new age of nuclear fear, emphasize a need to push the boundaries of Cold War civil defense studies and outline the scope of the newly established Transnational Civil Defense Working Group.

The command bunker of Odense, Denmark, was intended to offer shelter in case of a – most likely nuclear – World War III.

The Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum is situated in the heart of Europe, beneath the Buda Castle in Budapest, Hungary.

The massive underground structure, the Atomic War Command – ARK, was built during the Cold War period (1953-1979) to shelter Yugoslavia's leadership cadre, headed by President Josip Broz Tito.

The Cold War was a global conflict and Cold War scholars are among the most international of academic communities - research on this time period is a collaborative effort of scholars from all over the world. This seven-part series is a cooperation of the Berlin Center for Cold War Studies and the Military History Portal. The interviews were conducted by Dr. Christoph Nübel (Humboldt University of Berlin) and Dr. Klaas Voß (Hamburg Institute for Social Research). This week: Dr. phil. Frank Reichherzer, Research Fellow at the Center for Military History and the Social Sciences of the German Army (ZMSBw) − Potsdam, Germany. (In German).

The Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History is a category two federal scientific institution (ISF/FWI), as well as a state service with separate management (SEGS/SAB).

Jan Hansen’s intention is "to ‘historicize’ the debate over rearmament and previous research on it." He endeavors to achieve this by taking an "alien perspective." Both are done with great success, as Karsten D. Voigt emphasized on the occasion of a book presentation hosted by the Willy-Brandt-Foundation on June, 2nd.

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Visit the nuclear attack-proof fortress in Stevns Klint, and hear the story about one of Denmark's most secret places, which was located at the utmost frontline during the Cold War.

The doctors' organization "International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW)" can serve as a vehicle for tracing the close ties between the protests against nuclear armament in the 1980s with the multilayered discussions and debates within West Germany. This is the point at which one must acknowledge that the Cold War had permeated society as a whole.

Large-scale multinational operations to vet those seeking refuge in Germany emerged during the final months of the Second World War and in the early Cold War years. Keith R. Allen explored the legacy of this history on May 17th.

 

While in Britain and Denmark the legacies of the Cold War have since been registered as part of the culture of remembrance and in some cases protected as memorials, in Germany the sensitivity for this chapter of recent history is still lacking. The disinterest of the federal, regional and municipal governments is primarily an expression of the historical amnesia abounding since the 1990s. By Ulrich Mählert.

What is left of the Cold War? Dutch photographer Martin Roemers gives a clear answer: the structural and topographic relics of the conflict between East and West in Europe. He has tracked down and, so to say, preserved its traces. The shots of the twice winner of the World Press Photo Award and the 2015 Series Winner of the Street Photography Award take us to abandoned army bases and bunker complexes, military training areas, technical installations, monitoring facilities and memorial sites.

The unification process between the two German states began on November 9, 1989. The event was a watershed for the project of European integration project. From the German perspective this process has been thoroughly investigated. The responses of the major powers as well as Britain and France are likewise well researched. To the present day, however, the Italian reaction is insufficiently documented. Deborah Cuccia sheds light on Italy's role in her dissertation project.


In this joint public lecture series with the Humboldt University of Berlin, renowned international historians present their findings to an interested public. Fields and topics include military and diplomatic history, the history of emotions, social movements and "counter-experts", the history of knowledge and science, and cultures of memory. A number of these lectures are in English. Please refer to the more detailed program below for further information.

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