"A Wall Victim from the West": Migration, German Division, and Multidirectional Memory in Kreuzberg

Jurgens, Jeffrey
January 2013
Transit;2013, Vol. 8 Issue 2, p1
Academic Journal
Focusing on the 1975 drowning death of Çetin Mert, the five-year-old son of a Turkish guest worker family, this essay explores the varied ways that non-German migrants and other minority groups have figured in public memories of the Berlin Wall. On the one hand, Mert's shadowy presence in local and national recollection is closely related to the marginal place that migrants occupy in dominant narratives of the German nation and its postwar history. On the other hand, my account of recent commemorative practices points to a modest uptick in Mert's public visibility, one that attests to an increasing (if at times still reluctant) engagement with the contemporary realities of pluralism. Throughout my analysis, I employ the concept of multidirectional memory to illuminate how prevailing representations of the Cold War German past have both intersected with and displaced the remembrance of migration and imperialism at the site of Mert's death


Related Articles

  • Decentering Europe, Recentering Islam. Göle, Nilüfer // New Literary History;Autumn2012, Vol. 43 Issue 4, p665 

    An essay that focuses on the issue of seeing Europe as autonomous, instead of one that is influenced by forces like Islam, is presented. The author suggests that the decentering of Europe is closely related to the recentering of Islam which is an effect of migration, the fall of Berlin Wall, its...

  • The Effect of Migration on Natives' Employment Outcomes: Evidence from the Fall of the Berlin Wall. Frank, Douglas H. // INSEAD Working Papers Collection;2007, Issue 43, p1 

    I study the impact of East-West internal migration in Germany after the fall of the Berlin Wall on wages and unemployment rates in West German local labor markets. I use a novel strategy to control for the endogeneity of migrants' destination choice: characteristics of the source region are...

  • Land of Immigrants, Building a Fence: The U.S./Mexico Border Fence, the Berlin Wall, and the Making of the Other. Martinez, Clint // Conference Papers -- National Communication Association;2009, p1 

    This is a journey on the continuum of finding a home. A comparison of the rhetorics surrounding the building of the Berlin and US/Mexico walls uncovers the journey of immigration. This paper explores lessons learned from the Berlin Wall and compares them with current attitudes about US/Mexico...

  • Lessons from the Berlin Wall. Jones, Reece // Ubique;Sep2011, Vol. 32 Issue 2, p4 

    In this article the author discusses the lessons that can be learned from the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. He explores the new border walls built by leading democracies after the World War II and the fall of the Berlin Wall, such as by the U.S., the European Union, and India to prevent...

  • Together towards life: mission and evangelism in changing landscape. KEUM, JOOSEOP // Ecumenical Review Sibiu / Revista Ecumenica Sibiu;Nov2012, Vol. 4 Issue 3, p493 

    The article focuses on the new mission affirmation by World Council of Churches (WCC). The author stated that several events like migration, economic globalization, changes in Soviet Bloc, changes in ecclesial landscape and the collapse of Berlin Wall which took place during the last three...

  • FALL OF THE WALL.  // Military History;Oct/Nov2009, Vol. 26 Issue 4, p56 

    The article recalls the fall of the Berlin Wall, built by Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, on November 9, 1989 following protests staged by East Germans. It states the imposition of the so-called Iron Curtain by Stalin on East Germany that was occupied by Soviet forces then, which resulted in...

  • Celebration of Unity.  // Scholastic News -- Senior Edition;12/06/99, Vol. 68 Issue 11, p2 

    Talks about the Berlin Wall in Germany which was torn down in 1989.

  • Wall felled, now a forest of cranes. Walker, Ruth // Christian Science Monitor;8/14/96, Vol. 88 Issue 182, p10 

    Focuses on the impact of the demolition of the Berlin Wall in Germany on the economic condition of the country. Growth of construction in the area; Total amount of private money invested in the area; Changes in auto traffic and subway connections. INSET: East--and West--Berliners feel...

  • The wall that shut out the west. Gelb, Norman // Christian Science Monitor;8/14/96, Vol. 88 Issue 182, p16 

    Discusses the history of the construction and the demolition of the Berlin Wall in Germany. Sealing off of the people from the East and West Germany in 1961; Soviet Union's launching of a campaign to seize control of the western sectors of the city; Role of the collapse of the German Democratic...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics