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History according to Websters Dictionary can be defined as A chronological record of events as of the life or development of a people or institution often including an explanation of or commentary on those events We must remember however that even though history is in the past it is not inert It is not dead The past does and continues to have an effect on the present Through the different articles we read Sloukas Hitlers Couch Millhausers The Barnum Museum and James E Youngs At Memorys Edge After Images of the Holocaust in Contemporary Art and Architecture one can see the relationship that the past has with our present day life and visa versa Sloukas Hitlers Couch tells of Hitlers final days With the American and Russian armies moving swiftly towards Berlin the fate of the Third Reich was in serious jeopardy As Russian artillery shells fell upon Berlin Goebbels Hitlers Propaganda Minister would read to Hitler the History of Frederick the Great Within this reading Hitler found hope for Germany Sensing a promise an omen of redemption in Carlyes description of Fredericks deliverancejust as Prussia had been savedby the death of the Czarina so the Third Reich would survive her harshest trailsA few days later Goebbels had his miracle his Czarina Franklin Roosevelt was dead Slouka p54 Upon the news reaching the German Supreme Command a minister said This was the Angel of History We felt its wings flutter through the room Slouka p 54 Now there is no real definition for what the Angel of History is It could however be a metaphor of how the past repeats itself in some aspects The Angel could be the collector of history and when important events happen they are collected as one might say by the Angel The coolest museum in my opinion ever created is the Barnum Museum It seems to be a metaphor in itself of what history actually is and
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