Death and the Making of West Berlin, 1948–1961

@article{Black2009DeathAT,
  title={Death and the Making of West Berlin, 1948–1961},
  author={Monica Black},
  journal={German History},
  year={2009},
  volume={27},
  pages={6-31}
}
This essay traces shifts in attitudes towards death, practices of burial, and rituals of mourning in West Berlin from the 1948 currency reform to the 1961 construction of the Berlin Wall. It shows that West Berliners in the years immediately following the Second World War maintained an arduous devotion to their dead—particularly the war dead. Yet as the war became a less immediate experience over the course of the 1950s, broad cultural shifts took shape, including a renewed sense of optimism… 
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