Germany: Memories of a Nation
By BBC Radio 4
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Neil MacGregor, director of the British Museum, explores 600 years of Germany's complex and often challenging history using objects, art, landmarks and literature.
||CleanReichstag||Neil MacGregor ends his journey through 600 years of German history at the Reichstag.||7 11 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBarlach's Angel||Neil MacGregor focuses on Ernst Barlach's sculpture Hovering Angel, a unique war memorial.||6 11 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe New German Jews||Neil MacGregor discusses why Germany has the fastest-growing Jewish population in Europe.||5 11 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOut of the Rubble||Neil MacGregor talks to a woman who cleared rubble from the streets of Berlin in 1945.||4 11 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Germans Expelled||Neil MacGregor focuses on the forced movement of more than 12 million Germans after 1945.||3 11 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAt the Buchenwald Gate||Neil MacGregor visits Buchenwald, one of the earliest and largest concentration camps.||31 10 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPurging the Degenerate||Neil MacGregor focuses on how the Nazis attacked art they viewed as degenerate.||30 10 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMoney in Crisis||Neil MacGregor on the emergency money created to replace metal coins, and hyperinflation.||29 10 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKathe Kollwitz: Suffering Witness||Neil MacGregor focuses on the art of Kathe Kollwitz, witness to the suffering of war.||28 10 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBismarck the Blacksmith||Neil MacGregor charts the career of Otto von Bismarck, known as the Iron Chancellor.||27 10 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBauhaus: Cradle of the Modern||Neil MacGregor focuses on the Bauhaus school of art and design, founded in Weimar in 1919.||24 10 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom Clock to Car: Masters of Metal||Neil MacGregor focuses on the long tradition of German metalwork, from clocks to cars.||23 10 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPorcelain: The White Gold of Saxony||Neil MacGregor focuses on how German chemists discovered the secrets of Chinese porcelain.||22 10 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDürer: An Artist for All Germans||Neil MacGregor focuses on the work of Dürer (1471-1528), the defining artist of Germany.||21 10 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGutenberg: In the Beginning Was the Printer||Neil MacGregor examines how Johannes Gutenberg's inventions transformed our world.||20 10 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1848: The People's Flag and Karl Marx||Black, red and gold become the colours of Germany, and Karl Marx publishes a manifesto.||17 10 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIron Nation||Neil MacGregor focuses on 19th-century uses of iron, from jewellery to the Iron Cross.||16 10 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHolbein and the Hansa||Neil MacGregor focuses on the Hansa, the great trading alliance, and the painter Holbein.||15 10 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRiemenschneider: Sculpting the Spirit||Neil MacGregor focuses on the supreme limewood sculptures of Riemenschneider (c1460-1531).||14 10 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Battle for Charlemagne||Was Charlemagne a great French ruler, or was he Charles the Great, a German?||13 10 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOne People, Many Sausages||Neil MacGregor focuses on two great emblems of Germany's national diet: beer and sausages.||10 10 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Walhalla: Hall of Heroes||Neil MacGregor visits the Walhalla, a 19th-century temple to German-ness, built in Bavaria||9 10 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOne Nation Under Goethe||Neil MacGregor focuses on Germany's great national poet Goethe, who was born in 1749.||8 10 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFairy Tales and Forests: The Grimms and Caspar David Friedrich||Neil MacGregor on how the Grimms and painter Caspar David Friedrich shaped German identity||7 10 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLuther and a Language for All Germans||Neil MacGregor examines how Luther created the modern German language.||6 10 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFragments of Power||Neil MacGregor discovers how coins reveal the range and diversity of the Holy Roman Empire||3 10 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStrasbourg - Floating City||Neil MacGregor visits Strasbourg, now in France but also a key city in German history.||2 10 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKafka, Kant and Lost Capitals||Neil MacGregor visits Kaliningrad, now in Russia but formerly the German city Konigsberg.||1 10 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDivided Heaven||Neil MacGregor examines the story of the two Germanys, East and West, created in 1949.||30 9 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe View from the Gate||Twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Neil visits the Brandenburg Gate.||29 9 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
Just the right pace to keep one's interest whilst allowing time to picture what's being described. Episode 2 brings Berlin to life. Subscribed to the rest of the series as a result.
Germany: Memories of a Nation
Another first class audio podcast series from the BBC. Neil MacGregor ('History of the World in 100 Objects') again shows his skills in narrating history in a way that keeps your attention and interest. His insights make this series totally absorbing and thought-provoking. Using objects, and telling a story around them, is now recognised as an excellent way to teach history to everyone, from children to mature adults with curious minds.
An entertaining way to bring your view of Germany up-to-date
Very much enjoyed these first three episodes, and (judging from these) this is possibly the first truly empathetic account I heard of Germany’s past.
Having grown up in Germany, it saddened me to find how many people from abroad appear to view Germans as cold, mindless ‘machines’. This podcast is a great way to set the outdated picture straight. Fantastic work as always from the BBC and British Museum, thank you very much!