British Museum shows Germans their own history in Berlin
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