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The prussian cultural heritage foundation

Posted April 9th, 2012 at 01:53 PM by Stephy

(reblogging some stuff I posted on my history tumblr)

(German: Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz (SPK)), headquartered in Berlin, Germany, was established in 1957 by West German Federal law with the mission to acquire and preserve the cultural legacy of the former State and country of Prussia.

Its purview encompasses over 27 institutions, including all of Berlin’s State-run Museums, the Berlin State Library, the Prussian Privy State Archives and a variety of institutes and research centers.It is sometimes referred to as the largest cultural organization in the world.

Initially, alongside the Federal Government, the Prussian “successor states” of Baden-Württemberg, Berlin, North Rhine-Westphalia and Schleswig-Holstein were members of the Foundation; in 1975 the other West German Federal States also joined. Later, the Unification Treaty allowed for the temporary inclusion of former GDR institutions (Berlin State Museums, German State Library, the Merseburg branch of the GDR Central State Archive). After all the new Federal States joined the Foundation in 1992, a permanent settlement was confirmed in 1994.

The Foundation embodies the shared governmental responsibility for culture in Germany. The Federal Government and the sixteen individual states share the legal and financial responsibility, a living manifestation of constitutional reality.

In 2007, the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation celebrated its 50th anniversary.

For 2012 the foundation has a budget of 251.306.000 Euro.
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    that's great to hear, i always found it very sad that Prussia's history and culture was so swept away because of WW2. what exactly do they do to preserve it and what exact things do they preserve?
    Posted April 9th, 2012 at 07:38 PM by irishcrusader95 irishcrusader95 is offline
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    Originally Posted by irishcrusader95 View Comment
    that's great to hear, i always found it very sad that Prussia's history and culture was so swept away because of WW2. what exactly do they do to preserve it and what exact things do they preserve?
    Yes, I've taken a lot of interest in Prussian history through the last years since on of my grandmothers is from Lower Silesia (now Poland) and my other grandmother was trained as a medical nurse in Königsberg, sadly she already past away but the other one just turned 90 last week and is as fit as ever it is really quite amazing.

    About your question forgive me if I link you to the English site of the Foundation I think it will answer your question more elaborate than I could.

    Here you go.

    Then there's also the foundation of the Prussian palaces and gardens which is a subdivision of the heritage foundation.

    I will also make a blog post about the Berlin State Library, you should definitely pay it a visit if you ever have the chance it is quite amazing.

    Let me know if you have any more questions
    Posted April 10th, 2012 at 03:37 AM by Stephy Stephy is offline
 

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