By Eli Rubin
Amnesiopolis explores the development of Marzahn, the biggest prefabricated housing undertaking in East Germany, equipped at the outskirts of East Berlin within the Nineteen Seventies and Nineteen Eighties, and touted through the regime because the way forward for socialism. It additionally focuses in particular at the adventure of East Germans who moved, usually from crumbling slums left over as a legacy of the 19th century, into this significantly new position, one outlined by natural performance and rationality; a cloth manifestation of the utopian promise of socialism. Read more...
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Indeed, it was Friedrich Engels himself who wrote about the creation of urban slums as a manifestation of capitalism and its relations of production, arguing that “the satisfaction of the need for shelter is a measure of how well all other 2 Poling, “Shantytowns and Pioneers Beyond the City Wall: Berlin’s Urban Frontier in the Nineteenth Century,” Central European History 47, 245–74, as well as Poling, “On the Inner Frontier: Opening German City Borders in the Long Nineteenth Century” (PhD dissertation, Harvard University, 2011).
Throughout Europe, industrialization brought with it the creation of crowded urban slums. However, during the nineteenth century the growth in Berlin of such slums, known colloquially as “misery quarters,” (Elendsviertel ) was particularly rapid. 1 Throughout the 1800s and 1 Alexandra Richie, Faust’s Metropolis: A History of Berlin (New York: Carroll & Graf, 1988), 162–4. Also see Ruth Glatzer, Berlin wird Kaiserstadt. Panorama einer Metropole 1871–1890 (Berlin: Siedler Verlag, 1993). 14 Amnesiopolis early 1900s Berlin was subject to an intense influx of migrants, looking for work but unable to find affordable housing, or any housing at all.
Geschichte und Zukunft. Tag der Regional- und Heimatgeschichte Marzahn–Hellersdorf 2002 (Berlin: Lokal Verlag, 2002), 56–7. ”16 This “dream” surfaced in several proposals for the future of Berlin, including those of the influential Greater Berlin Association (Zweckverband Groß-Berlin), which sought to expand Berlin’s margins during the first two decades of the twentieth century. Part of the Greater Berlin Association plan called for settling 340,000 people in Marzahn, and another 300,000 in Hohenschönhausen and Hellersdorf, using the existing “Royal Eastern” train line (königlich Ostbahn) dating back to the 1880s17 to connect the settlement to central Berlin.
Amnesiopolis : modernity, space, and memory in East Germany by Eli Rubin