Turning and saving the old town of Erfurt as a unit 2

Turning and saving the old town of Erfurt as a unit

Turning and saving the old town of Erfurt as a unit

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Remembrance Week: 1989 Table Exhibition at the Bürgerwall City Archive Against the Demolition of Andreasviertel

Antje Bauer refers to the exhibition on the occasion of Memorial Week, which can be viewed until February 28, 2020.

Antje Bauer refers to the exhibition on the occasion of Memorial Week, which can be viewed until February 28, 2020.

Photo by Heidrun Lehmann

Turning and saving the old town of Erfurt as a unit

Antje Bauer still regrets that she was not in Erfurt on December 10, 1989. However, at the time, living in Leipzig, the director of the Erfurt City Archive (since 1991) traveled several times by train in the then district city to feel the breath-taking breath of Thursday's demonstration. For the historian and archival scholar, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the salvation of the old city are united.

Photos from the day when a six-kilometer human chain formed a civic wall around the city center to fight for the salvation of the Old City, especially Andreasviertel, mark the starting point for a table exhibition at the Erfurt City Archives on this year's Memorial Day from today, including the Extension until February 28, 2020, under the theme "The Civic Wall for Our Old Town" can be seen.

Other documents on the panel refer to exhibitions at St. Michael's Church from May 8 to July 6, 1987, under the theme "Transportation City. Traffic with City Fairs", which was the first public dispute over the large-scale threatening demolition in the old part the city and in Andreasviertel, as well as from 10 June to 31 July 1988 under the heading "City at the Crossroads"; Copies of applications to the highest places, images of the devastated state and the first emergency measures (partially supported by the state of Hesse) in the Andreas district complete the retrospective.

A three-day exposure to this year's monumental theme, "Modern (s): Turns in Art and Architecture," was considered by the city archive staff too short to commemorate the spectacular events. Particularly since the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9 is still coming, and the date of the ramparts for the Old City, which is a long time ago, should be honored with a separate event on December 10, Bauer knows.

The director of the city archives, however, continues to discover when it comes to the old town of Erfurt, namely until 1945/46. Antje Bauer describes her essays in her book "Erfurt." Published in 2017 on the first mention of 1275 Erfurt. Pictures and stories ".

Refers to the then leader of the LDPD (Liberal Democratic Party of Germany) from the first town council meeting elected in 1946, according to which Erfurt had "luck in all the troubles of past years", because the municipality is one of the few cities that did not (Fully ) lie in ruins, but in the preservation of their cityscape and the medieval city center, they have a gem.

Forty years later, in 1986, Antje Bauer removed the archives and set up an urban and residential working group to protect the Protestant church, which also called for the preservation of the old city. This meant a clear challenge to the 1968 plans to turn Erfurt into a "modern socialist city".

The director of the city archive would be pleased to see citizens in Erfurt on the move who could provide photographs and other documents.

Exhibition at the City Archive, Gotthardtstraße 21, during Memorial Day today and tomorrow from 8am to 4pm, Friday 6th September, from 8am to 2pm, as well as later during office hours

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