Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin


According to Karl Scheffler – and what must be the most often used Berlin quotation ever – Germany’s capital is “dazu verdammt, immerfort zu werden und niemals zu sein” (cursed never to be and forever to become).
Scheffler famously voiced this opinion in his 1910 book “Berlin- ein Stadtschicksal” and it was by no means meant as praise. Like the rest of the book, it reflected the paradox of the author’s relationship with the city. He loved it and he hated it at once. One could say, a conundrum faced by every Berliner before or after Scheffler.
Probably never before was Berlin’s typically unfinished, unready condition more visible than today. Modern digital technologies allow people like us to follow its permanent state of flux almost in real time broadcast. And never are those changes as striking as when you compare images from only a short while ago with its today’s look.
The ‘Berliner Zeitung’ has just published several Google Street-View images from only ten years ago juxtaposing them against photos of the same Berlin vistas today. The pace at which this city has been changing truly matches that of our time. Which might not be as much of a blessing as it is Scheffler’s curse.
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berliner zeitung cipping 1.03

6 comments on “UNREADY IN BERLIN

  1. dumusstnachberlin
    March 1, 2018

    Really interesting, thanks for sharing!

    • notmsparker
      March 1, 2018

      Berlin newspapers are really good at presenting interesting, often interactive, historical information. I can only recommend following them, esp. the Berliner Zeitung and the Tagesspiegel as well as the Berliner Morgenpost.

      • dumusstnachberlin
        March 1, 2018

        I definitely should, I’m trying to improve my German and should really read more German news! I’ll look out for more content like this 🙂

  2. penwithlit
    March 1, 2018

    Reblogged this on penwithlit and commented:
    Lovely to sit in the Backerei and read these papers and the Film Review Zeitschrift as well!

  3. fotoeins
    March 2, 2018

    Berlin papers online have done a great job at portraying the “before and after” in their pictorial essays.


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