"Das Wunder von Leipzig": The Paulinum in Leipzig and palimpsestic memories of oppression and revolution

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Publikationens författare: Kim Groop
Redaktörer: Maria do Rosário Monteiro, Mário S. Ming Kong
Publiceringsår: 2018
Förläggare: CRC Press
Moderpublikationens namn: Modernity, Frontiers and Revolutions
Artikelns första sida, sidnummer: 443
Artikelns sista sida, sidnummer: 448
ISBN: 978-0-367-02397-3
eISBN: 978-0-429-39983-1


This article aims to
explore aspects of oppression and revolution at the Paulinum-Assembly
Hall and University Church of St. Paul – a property of Leipzig
University. This grandiose church-like building was officially
inaugurated on the first weekend in December 2017, as the intellectual
and spiritual – geistige und geistliche – centre of the University of
Leipzig. This article will consider the palimpsestic characteristics of
the Paulinum, particularly in relation to two aspects. The first being
that the Paulinum inherited some of the inventory and traditions from
its predecessor, the medieval Church of St. Paul, which was destroyed by
the GDR leadership in 1968. While the second is that new layers of
memories and points of reference that have been added because of the
struggle against and the overcoming of socialist oppression during the
German reunification. Finally, the building of the Paulinum can also be
seen as an attempt to undo some of the ills perpetrated during the GDR

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