Why Germany Has the Prussian Blues

January 20, 2023

Nicholas O'Donnell authored the article, "Why Germany Has the Prussian Blues," published by Apollo on January 20, 2023.

The article discusses the debate over whether one of the most important cultural institutions in the world, the Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz (SPK) or Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, should contain "Prussia" in its name. This has stirred up controversies about colonialism, the origins of National Socialism and the difference between acknowledging the past and honoring it.

For many, Prussia is a byword for militarism, but in its heyday it was also one of the most important patrons and collectors of art.

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