Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin
“And I am thinking about how each return to Berlin made my heart beat faster. How blessed I felt as a child when after four weeks of holidays I finally saw from the train the tall buildings of Berlin´s East, the tenements. Yes, the grey tenements of my hometown, Berlin.
Or when, as a grown-up man, I had to keep my jaw from trembling each time I came back from foreign lands after long months of absence. How tears rolled down my face when in December 1918 – having fled the bloody killing, all the misery and chaos – I returned from France and saw the first houses of Berlin. At night, by moonlight.”
from Die Reise nach Berlin, 1926 (translation own)
1930 Berlin with the S-Bahn line along Dircksenstraße: Schicklerstraße and Berlin´s Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals on the left; view towards Alexanderplatz with Kaufhaus Tietz (the globe on the roof) and the old Polizeipräsidium, known as “die Burg”.