Bri­tish Mu­seum shows Ger­mans their own his­tory in Berlin

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The Bri­tish Mu­seum is serv­ing Ger­mans a view from Lon­don of cen­turies of their own his­tory.

Some 200 ex­hibits il­lus­trat­ing the com­plex po­lit­i­cal and cul­tural his­tory of Ger­many, which didn’t unify as a na­tion un­til the late 19th cen­tury, have been brought to­gether at Berlin’s Martin-GropiusBau mu­seum for the show.

They in­clude a huge 16th-cen­tury print com­mis­sioned from Al­brecht Duerer’s work­shop by the Holy Ro­man Em­peror Max­i­m­il­ian I to cel­e­brate his achieve­ments; a replica of the en­trance gate to the Nazis’ Buchen­wald con­cen­tra­tion camp; elab­o­rate 17th-cen­tury drink­ing ves­sels; an early Benz car; a 1952 Volk­swa­gen Bee­tle; and a home­made pro-re­uni­fi­ca­tion plac­ard in the shape of the coun­try from a 1989 East Berlin demon­stra­tion, declar­ing that “We are one peo­ple.”

The show, “The Bri­tish View: Ger­many — Mem­o­ries of a Na­tion,” is based on an ex­hi­bi­tion that opened in Lon­don two years ago and was orig­i­nally de­signed to show Bri­tons more about a neigh­bor whose pre-20th cen­tury his­tory they are gen­er­ally un­fa­mil­iar with.

“Our Ger­man col­leagues asked for the ex­hi­bi­tion to come to Berlin, and I shall be very in­ter­ested to see how a Ger­man pub­lic re­sponds to an ex­hi­bi­tion which was de­signed for for­eign­ers,” said former Bri­tish Mu­seum di­rec­tor Neil MacGre­gor.

“Much of what we are show­ing

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