“A great city like Berlin is like a living history book. Almost in every house or on every street corner, something happened or someone of significance lived or worked there”.
With these words Holger Hübner initiated a list of memorial plaques in Berlin, which was published in print in 1997. Today, Berlin’s more than 2,800 memorial plaques and stones commemorate outstanding figures, places and events in history. They are dedicated to people who resisted the National Socialist dictatorship, to people who were victims of persecution or to those who were stigmatised. In addition, there are monuments dedicated to people who have made outstanding contributions in the fields of art, science, technology and the common good.
With reference to comparable programmes in London, Paris, Vienna and Hamburg, the so-called “Berlin Memorial Plaque Programme” was adopted in 1987 on the occasion of the 750th anniversary celebrations in (West) Berlin. By 1992, more than 500 porcelain plaques designed by Wieland Schütz and manufactured by the Royal Porcelain Factory (Königliche Porzellan Manufaktur, KPM) had reached the facades of houses that had been the domains of important figures and institutions. Until 1990, more than 400 memorial plaques were installed in public space in (East) Berlin.