That Was the Federal Republic of Germany
“When Germany is the subject of discussion it’s easy for concepts to get mixed up. The Berlin Republic is still in formation, and if we don’t yet know what the new Germany will be like, at least we can look back and describe the old one: it was a country like a pallet of goods, like a mail-order catalogue, like a shopping trolley. A country that had forgotten its terrible criminal past, and yet at the same time needed that past to find its place in a new era. A country that was more modern than it was prepared to admit, and vehemently denied its new face for precisely this reason. A country on the run from itself without knowing where to go. A country literally shaped by a political issue, which adopted a name that no country really merited. That was the Federal Republic of Germany.”
The series “Das war die BRD” (That was the Federal Republic of Germany) appeared in the Munich-based newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung in 2001. Georg Diez and Martin Fengel asked writers, directors and journalists to tell their story of the period through the use of objects.