Berlin is full of history. The Siegessäule (in the background, built 1873) commemorates various Prussian victories. Prussia is no longer even a country! Or anything, really. And with all that’s happened in German history since then, anything remotely nationalistic is a definite no-no.
Yet “Goldelse” (as Berliners affectionately call her) is as much part of Berlin life now as she was then. History might be forgotten, monuments remain and take on a new and different significance.