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This study examines architectural reconstructions in the territory of the reunited Germany. To evaluate the current developments, the time frame since 1945 will be briefly analyzed separately for both parts of the divided nation. In the following, distinctive cases will be investigated to varying depth from their historic roots, through their phases of destruction, up to their current reconstruction or controversies thereabout. The case studies will be compared to each other. Despite a great number of very specific reasons to decide in favor of one historic layer or the other, it can be said that there are currently two main tendencies, namely politics aiming to correct or generate history, and secondly, to correct and beautify urban fabric. But it will also be shown that especially the latter is increasingly influenced by investors and less by urban planners or other experts.