Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin
Here is a blog that is going to give you a very vivid image of what it was like to be a child in Berlin-Kreuzberg during the last war.
For myself I can only say, I am immensely grateful for the opportunity to get to know the past of the Kiez first hand and so well written. Enjoy!
During the last days of World War II in Berlin my mother kept a diary and the following is an excerpt of her entry for Wednesday 25 April 1945:
“Early in the morning out off bed at once. There will be an extra ration of Schnaps: 1/2 a bottle of Korn ( Vodka) plus 1 kg of sugar per head. The bombardment is becoming shorter and louder. A sign that the enemy is coming closer. Everyone is getting more restless……..”
Restless we might have been, but not enough not to get the sugar, “Go and get the sugar”, said my Mum and gave me instructions how to find the shop. I did not question her. I was used to go on errands and wait in queues for hours. The day before the front line was only 2 km away on this day it could be in the next street…
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