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Michael H Kater

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300170566

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300170566.001.0001

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Weimar after the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Weimar after the Fall of the Berlin Wall

1990 to 2013

(p.327) Chapter 10 Weimar after the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Michael H. Kater

Yale University Press

This chapter describes Weimar after the fall of the Berlin Wall, focusing on the period 1990–2013. It first considers the interactions between Weimar's Ossi majority from East Germany and the newly influential minority of Wessis from West Germany against the backdrop of a Red Army presence. It then examines developments in Weimar after Soviet troops left Thuringia, focusing on Thuringia's recreation as a state and incorporation in the Federal Republic of Germany via official contracts signed on October 3, 1990, along with four other East German states that used to be former districts of the German Democratic Republic. It also explores how Weimar recaptured its culture between 1990 and 1998 and became the culture capital of Europe from 1999 to 2003. Finally, it looks at Nike Wagner's tenure as director of Weimar's annual art festival known as Kunstfest.

Keywords:   culture, Weimar, Berlin Wall, East Germany, West Germany, Red Army, Thuringia, Federal Republic of Germany, Nike Wagner, Kunstfest

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