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In Interrogation Nation: Refugees and Spies in Cold War Germany, historian Keith R. Allen analyzes the "overlooked story of refugee screening in West Germany" (p. xv). Building upon his previous German-language study focused on such screening at Marienfelde in West Berlin, Allen examines the places, personalities, and practices of refugee screening by the three Western Powers and the Federal Republic. Review by Douglas Selvage.

From air and water pollution to waste removal and forest dieback, the list of joint environmental issues between East and West Germany was anything but short. Thirty years ago, the two states reached an agreement to limit the effects of cross-border pollution. A study by Sophie Lange.

The two Germanies' respective South Asia policies relied on and referenced one another to such an extent that they on occasion punctured the bipolarity of the Cold War. In so doing the GDR and the FRG decidedly pursued their own interests, which often differed substantially from those of the superpowers on either side of the Iron Curtain. By Alexander Benatar.

Despite rising tensions between the superpowers during the early 1980s, both German states remained largely committed to the de-escalation process, even occasionally defying their respective hegemonic powers to pursue it. Precisely because the international climate had grown harsher, relations between East- and West German political analysts progressed both in quality and quantity in the following years. Sabine Loewe-Hannatzsch investigates.

My postdoctoral project "The Interpreters of Europe and the Cold War" compares significant national and cultural self-representations in postwar Europe with a focus on historiography and literary studies. The conclusions of French, German, and Polish scholars regarding their contemporary era often did not conform to the systemic rivalry's East-West logic. Academic interpretation and political categories obviously diverged.

By Barbara Picht

By Barbara Picht

East Berlin probably wanted to torment the Bonn government, yet again. But there were also practical reasons against switching to daylight savings time – for example, too many East Germans used the longer evenings for countryside excursions with their cars. By Ilse-Dorothee Pautsch

The Grenzhus Schlagsdorf presents the history of the Inner-German border between the Baltic Sea and the river Elbe.

Not far from the famous Museum Island, the Museum THE KENNEDYS presents one of the most extensive collections about the family history of the Kennedys.

In the mid-1980s they achieved the seemingly impossible. With their summit diplomacy, Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev blazed a trail for the political imagination, revealing how a world beyond containment, distrust and suspicion might look – only a few years after East-West relations appeared to have suddenly gone to the dogs again. Bernd Greiner on the book of Kristina Spohr and Ravid Reynolds.

The Center for Military History and Social Sciences of the German Armed Forces (ZMSBw) is a research institute of the Federal German Government.

The economic enshrining of de-escalation in Europe established the framework for the subsequent summit diplomacy of Reagan and Gorbachev and contributed immensely to the demise of the Communist system. By Stephan Kieninger.

The Prussian Palaces and Gardens along the river Havel were for 28 years a border region between the two German states. The exhibition "Gardeners don't fight wars: Prussia's Arcadia behind barbed wire" is open through 13 November 2016 in the Sacrow manor house. By Bettina Greiner.

 

The Political Archive is the memory of the German Foreign Service.

Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV) has a long tradition of research and public service in the area of international relations in Brazil.

The Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes was established in 2008, based on Act 141/2007 of the Czech Republic.

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By the mid 1960s, both the American and the West German governments were eager to foster liberalizing changes in Eastern Europe through an expansion of East-West communication. The assumption was that Communist rulers were prepared to open up their systems gradually for freer movement of people, information and ideas provided that they were granted international security.

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.

The tone of voice among allies could hardly have been more brusque. "The French government says it considers," in the words of a German diplomat to his superiors, "NATO obsolete in its present form. It has no illusions, however, that it might win over the other member states with its views. The French government says it knows that these states wish to uphold the principle of integration […]. Therefore the French government believes it would be useless (inutile) to negotiate the matter with its NATO partners." Ultimately, however, the crisis also revealed unexpected opportunities. By Ilse-Dorothee Pautsch.

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: Prof. Dr. Benjamin Ziemann, Professor of Modern German History at the University of Sheffield (Sheffield, UK).

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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.

 

Berlin is the focal point of Ku'damm '56, a three-part miniseries on Germany's ZDF public broadcaster. But in it the Cold War fades into a backdrop full of clichés. Sophia Lange comments on a film full of lost opportunities. 

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Schifflersgrund was the first German Border Museum in Germany.

The Borderland Museum Eichsfeld was opened in 1995 at the former inner-German border crossing point Duderstadt-Worbis (at the border between Lower Saxony and Thuringia).

The Baltic Border Tower Society was founded in 2002 with the objective of preserving the GDR border observation tower in Kuehlungsborn as a historic memorial, and conveying the history of the tower

The educational institution "Former Inner German Border", situated in the Culture Center kultur.werk.stadt.

The Probstzella GDR Border Railroad Museum is situated halfway between Berlin and Munich. This station in the city of Probstzella was used as a GDR Border Checkpoint from 1949 until 1990.

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CEGIL (Lorraine Research Group in Multicultural German Studies) is made up of specialists in German, Austrian, Scandinavian and Dutch literature, in the history of ideas and civilization (15th-21st

The Federal Agency for Civic Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung/bpb) is a public institution that promotes democratic awareness and political participation.

The Foundation's work focus is to explore the life and work of Ernst Reuter (1889-1953), the first Governing Mayor of Berlin.

The Deutsche Kinemathek is a Museum presenting the history of Film and Television. Its rich archive of moving images and related material are open to the public for research.

The Chair for the History of Western Europe and Transatlantic Relations is part of the Department of History at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

The Institute of Contemporary History Munich – Berlin (IfZ) is one of the largest non-university historical research institutes in Germany.

The Institute of Contemporary History Munich – Berlin (IfZ) is one of the largest non-university historical research institutes in Germany.

The Institute of Contemporary History Munich – Berlin (IfZ) is one of the largest non-university historical research institutes in Germany.

The Ibero-American Institute (IAI) is an interdisciplinary center for academic and cultural exchange between Germany and Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal.

The Berlin artist Yadegar Asisi depicts with the panorama picture THE WALL the life at and in the shadow of the Wall on a fictitious autumn day in the 1980s.

The Berliner Kolleg Kalter Krieg | Berlin Center for Cold War Studies is a joint project of the Institute of Contemporary Hist

We maintain the oldest relic of the Berlin Wall, the former GDR watch tower near Potsdamer Platz.

The Federal Chancellor Willy Brandt Foundation commemorates the life and political legacy of this Social Democratic politician, internationally recognized statesman and Nobel Peace Prize winner.

The Deutsches Historisches Museum (German Historical Museum) is Germany’s national historical museum.

The association seeks to establish a Cold War Museum at Checkpoint Charlie and supports the Cold W

The Foundation encompasses two locations. The Marienfelde Refugee Center Museum is the museum of flight and emigration in divided Germany.

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.

The Hamburg Institute for Social Research (HIS) is an operating foundation which was established in 1984 by Jan Philipp Reemtsma. Since 2015, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Knöbl is the director of Institute.

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