The Germany that is lost forever

Screen Shot 2014-03-25 at 19.59.35The disaster of Nazism is

unmistakably and inescapably inscribed upon almost every town and cityscape of Germany, in whichever direction you look.

The urban environment of the country,

whose towns and cities were once among the most beautiful in the world, second only to Italy’s, is now a wasteland of functional yet discordant modern architecture, soulless and incapable of inspiring anything but a vague existential unease, with a sense of impermanence and unreality that mere prosperity can do nothing to dispel. Well-stocked shops do not supply meaning or purpose. Beauty, at least in its man-made form, has left the land for good; and such remnants of past glories as remain serve only as a constant, nagging reminder of what has been lost, destroyed, utterly and irretrievably smashed up.

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