"Monuments are nothing if not selective aids to memory: they encourage us to remember some things and to forget others." Brian Ladd, "The Ghosts of Berlin"
I also was intrigued by Lutz Rathenow's notion of the wall being a "zipper," both linking and dividing Germans. The Wall became a scapegoat of sorts-- allowing Germans to explain away any apparent disunity by blaming the existence of the Wall, therefore keeping the unified German identity in tact. This apparent disunity might be seen through examination of maps-- the East Berlin maps are described as having a huge blank space for the West Berlin side. This erasure of geography and, by extension, fellow Germans and their identities, is an example of the disunity felt by many Germans at the time. However, on the West Berlin maps, the Berlin Wall is denoted by a faint line, barely distinguishable from street markings. This seems to indicate more of a unity among the divided Berlin, or at least, some sort of hope for wholeness. How were these maps influential in the formation and upkeep of Berliner identities? Was the erasure of West Berlin particularly important in the identities of East Berliners? Did the barely-there Berlin Wall designation on West Berlin maps promote a certain kind of feeling towards East Germans, and how did this influence West German identities?
"From cars, coffee, and computers to wheat, water, and Windows software, practically everything that is bought and sold today represents the coming together of global economic ties." Matthew Sparke, "Introduction to Globalization"