I’m reading Neil MacGregor’s terrific bookGermany: Memories of a Nation’ – its history, seen through the prism of fascinating lives, inventions and objects. 

It brings together a story of ‘What is Germany?’ in images and items – from the Renaissance prints of Durer to the Bauhaus-inspired gates of despair at Buchenwald, here:

  

Jedem das seine: “to each his due”, as the proverbial and double-edged sign reads. 

MacGregor’s story makes you think about, better understand and care much much more about the complex historical tapestry and the black, the red and the gold which encapsulate Germany. 

A hugely engaging history of a hugely important, culturally rich and complex country. Read it.

Germany: Memories of a Nation

  

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