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Between January and April 1945, as the Red Army approached to Berlin, Brandenburg became the theatre of the bloodiest battles on German soil. The war was fought in the spaces of everyday life, transforming the region into what contemporary inhabitants define as “a huge cemetery” and “the biggest battlefield on German soil”. This paper, based on my PhD dissertation and current British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship, outlines the engagements, practices, and symbolisations produced by the everyday coexistence with resurfacing matériel and human remains in rural Brandenburg. In particular, I discuss how the methodological encounter of historical and ethnographic analysis can offer powerful insights into long afterlives of total war on German soil.

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This session is a hybrid session and in-person tickets are limited.