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BERLIN 1933: THE HUMILIATION OF CARL HERZ

1933 was an ugly year. Open almost any edition of Vossische Zeitung from that time – Tante Voss was among the most popular German newspapers and the most widely read Berlin … Continue reading

November 25, 2016 · 4 Comments

HUMILIATION OF CARL HERZ – NAZI TERROR IN KREUZBERG´S TOWN HALL

On that day in 1933 the then Mayor of Kreuzberg, Carl Herz, was removed from his office, physically abused and humiliated in public – the Nazi terror began in full … Continue reading

November 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

BERLIN PAST: KREUZBERG IN THE 1970s AND TODAY

Trust the “Berliner Morgenpost” to make your day: whether a chance reader or a subscriber; whether you prefer their paper edition (which finds its way into our mailbox each morning) … Continue reading

November 1, 2016 · 1 Comment

COMFY CHAIR AT U-BAHNHOF HERMANNPLATZ

  To celebrate the station´s 90th birthday yesterday, its fans and admirers put a little comfy chair on the platform for all those wishing to spend a moment soaking in … Continue reading

April 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

WHEN CHRISTMAS COMES TO TOWN

The timing could not be any better: after several days of forced internet abstinence – hereby we would like to thank our phone and net provider for finally fixing what … Continue reading

December 24, 2015 · 2 Comments

SPOTTED IN PASSING. LAST AUTUMN AT THE LANDWEHRKANAL

It might Canoe and Boat Season again but wait until the summer is over:-)  

June 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN BERLIN: FEBRUARY 3rd – THE AIR-RAID IN THE HEART OF BERLIN

1945 Shortly past 11 AM on February 3rd, 1945 the 937 bombers of the 8th USA-Airforce – the 1st and 3rd divisions – drop 2,264 tonnes of explosives on Berlin. … Continue reading

February 3, 2015 · 9 Comments

THAT WAS THE YEAR THAT WAS – BERLIN STATISTICS GALORE

Some time in the 1950s or 1960s a brilliant Polish poet and playwright, Konstanty Ildefons Galczynski, as famous for his literary talent as he was for his wicked sense of … Continue reading

December 31, 2014 · 2 Comments

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: MAY 22nd – EISENBAHNSTRASSE

1852 Between 1849 and 1852 this street located in SO36 (Eastern Kreuzberg), now probably most famous for its fantastic people´s market hall Martkhalle IX, was called Lübbener Strasse after a … Continue reading

May 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: MAY 20th – FELSENDAMM

That streets may sometimes have many names is no secret to anyone. But some of the choices, although worth knowing about, are better forgotten. Please burn after reading. 1937 First … Continue reading

May 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: APRIL 30th – RUDI-DUTSCHKE-STRASSE

Prior to its re-naming this street used to be known as Kochstrasse. In 2008 and after some bitter court wrestling the eastern end of the almost 300-year-old thoroughfare (it was named after … Continue reading

April 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

THE GIANT’S END: THE BLOWING UP OF KARSTADT AT HERMANNPLATZ

  On April 25, 1945 the Schlacht um Berlin (the Battle for Berlin) was in full swing and its outcome more or less clear. With the allied armies pushing relentlessly into … Continue reading

April 28, 2014 · 3 Comments

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: APRIL 25th – SCHÖNEBERGER STRASSE

1843 The street connecting Anhalter Strasse Askanischer Platz and Luckenwalder Strasse (next to Gleisdreieck) is given its official, “grown-up” name: Schöneberger Strasse. The name was actually older than the street … Continue reading

April 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: APRIL 14th – FLOOD IN YORCKSTRASSE

Here is another older post about an event that is worth mentioning again. On April 14th, 1902 Berlin lived through one of the worst bouts of bad weather and floodings … Continue reading

April 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: APRIL 7th – THE TWELVE STREETS OF KREUZBERG

Here´s a little repetition for our new readers (especially those living in one of the mentioned streets)- a text just as true today as it was exactly a year ago. … Continue reading

April 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: APRIL 4th – THE MAYOR´S NEW SEAT

On April 4th, 2000 representatives of two soon-to-be-one Berlin boroughs, Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg, met to discuss an important question: where should the future mayor of F´Hain-XBerg reside? As finding an … Continue reading

April 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: MARCH 15th – HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MARHEINEKE MARKTHALLE

Originally known as Markthalle XI and like all other 14 Berlin market halls designed by Hermann Blankenstein (more about him here), Marheineke-Halle between Zossener Strasse, Bergmannstrasse and Marheineke Platz in … Continue reading

March 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: MARCH 11 – THE NAZIS TAKE OVER KRANKENHAUS AM URBAN

Another day worth re-commemorating on this blog: on March 11th, 1933 the Nazi regime forcefully removes the whole Jewish and non-Nazi staff of the biggest local hospital (and one of … Continue reading

March 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: MONDAY MORNING IN GNEISENAUSTRASSE

Here´s what Gneisenaustrasse feels like at 9 AM on a beautiful Monday morning – it might not be the prettiest street any more but it is definitely as charming as … Continue reading

March 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: FEBRUARY 19th – THE HOLY WATER

Today´s entry refers not so much to Kreuzberg only as to the whole of the late 19th-century Germany and is an answer to the question that must have been asked … Continue reading

February 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: FEBRUARY 18th – THE DEATH OF EDUARD LÜRSSEN

1891 Some time between 5 and 6 PM on February 18th, 1891 in Berlin a famous and widely respected sculptor Professor Eduard Lürssen fails to go on his daily walk. … Continue reading

February 19, 2014 · 1 Comment

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: FEBRUARY 13th – ADOLF STOECKER´S FUNERAL

1909 On February 13th at the Kirchhof I von Dreifältigkeitsgemeinde in Kreuzberg (part of Hallesches Tor Cemetaries) thousands of followers accompany Adolf Stoecker, their preacher and their leader, on his … Continue reading

February 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

KREUZBERGED´S 3rd BIRTHDAY

WordPress, our mother-ship carrying us through the Deep Space of Blogging, has just informed us that exactly three years ago, on January 21st 2011 kreuzberged.com published its very first post:-) … Continue reading

January 21, 2014 · 10 Comments

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: JANUARY 3rd – PRINZESSINNENSTRASSE

1855 Part of Stallscheiberstrasse – the section from Oranienstrasse (originally from Moritzplatz) to today´s Segitzdamm, which until July 1947 was called Luisenufer, becomes Prinzessinnenstrasse. The name was chosen to honour … Continue reading

January 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: JANUARY 1st – LITTLE HOUSE ON THE HILL

When on September 19th, 1818 the corner stone for the future Nationaldenkmal für Befreiungskreige (National Memorial for The Wars of Liberation) was laid on top of Tempelhofer Berg in today´s … Continue reading

January 8, 2014 · 4 Comments

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: DECEMBER 3rd – PFUELSCHE SCHWIMMANSTALT

On December 3rd, 1866, a cold and damp Berlin winter day, the country and the king were in mourning: General Ernst von Pfuel was dead. Gone was the man who … Continue reading

December 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: NOVEMBER 18th – “FEUERWEHRDENKMAL” AT MARIANNENPLATZ

1960 At Mariannenplatz in SO 36 a “new” memorial for Berlin fire-fighters who lost their lives while on duty is revealed . “New” because it replaced the original memorial placed … Continue reading

November 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN BERLIN AND KREUZBERG: THE WORLD ON FIRE – KRISTALLNACHT

Exactly 75 years in the night 9/10 November 1938 Hitler and Goebbels unleashed the beast that was to devour millions of human lives and prove yet again that nothing can … Continue reading

November 9, 2013 · 6 Comments

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: OCTOBER 29th – A DAY AT THE PICTURES

1910 During the first decade of the 20th century Berlin-Kreuzberg saw the opening of its first eight proper (read: used mostly and entirely for presenting films) cinemas. In fact, it … Continue reading

November 6, 2013 · 5 Comments

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: OCTOBER 27th – KIRCHE ZUM HEILIGEN KREUZ VOR DEM HALLESCHEN THORE IN BERLIN

Should you have been looking for His Majesty Kaiser Wilhelm II and his lovely spouse, Kaiserin Auguste Viktoria on October 27th 1888, then the surest way to find them would … Continue reading

October 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: SEPTEMBER 23rd – ENCKE

As a sequel to the two previous posts (here and here) about the Königliche Sternwarte in Berlin-Kreuzberg, here is one more piece of information that came as surprise after a … Continue reading

September 26, 2013 · 2 Comments

IT WAS THE DAY THAT WAS: THE BATTLE OF OBERBAUMBRÜCKE

At 12.00 PM sharp first celery roots and tomatoes cut quick arches through the air, swiftly followed by billowing clouds of flour and a battery of water-bombs. Dozens of eggs … Continue reading

September 22, 2013 · 3 Comments

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: AUGUST 23rd – THE SURGERY STOOL OF DR TOBOLD

1860 Every time you turn on your laptop, get on the street-tram or dry your hair with a blow-dryer you owe this comfort to Berlin. Well, indirectly, of course. You … Continue reading

September 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Protected: TODAY IN KREUZBERG. AUGUST 15th – KEEPING COOL WITH GUSTAV NIEMANN

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TOYWHEEL AT BETAHAUS

Got kids and no idea what to do with them this weekend? What could be better than letting them have fun and get smarter at the same time? Something that … Continue reading

August 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

FROM T-UFER TO RIO – MEMORIAL PLAQUE FOR RIO REISER

In Berlin-Kreuzberg three things are absolutely impossible. You can´t walk through Görlitzer Park without being pestered by what is now swarms of local drug-pushers, offering you a wide assortment of … Continue reading

August 21, 2013 · 2 Comments

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: AUGUST 12th

Today: from horse-power to electric power in only 13 years. 1886 The direct horse-drawn tram line from the terminus at Gesundbrunnen in today´s Berlin-Wedding to the freshly re-furbished and expanded … Continue reading

August 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: JULY 24th – MESSRS SIEMENS AND HALSKE

While the whole world is anxiously waiting for the next edition of the IPhone, IPad or another indecently overpriced electronic gadget, let us go back to the days when running … Continue reading

July 30, 2013 · 8 Comments

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: JULY 23rd

1845 King Friedrich Wilhelm IV, the man who four years later will reject the title of the Kaiser of the united Germany, lays a cornerstone for a new hospital and … Continue reading

July 29, 2013 · 1 Comment

THE BERLIN BLOCKADE AND THE AIR-LIFT

1948 On June 24th, 1948 the Berlin Blockade began – West Berlin, surrounded by Soviet ruled territories, is almost completely cut off from any supplies from the outside, necessary for the … Continue reading

June 25, 2013 · 1 Comment

YESTERDAY´S NEWSPAPER: BERLINER GERICHTS-ZEITUNG 12. JUNI 1890

Here is an original text about the opening of the new Berlin hospital, Krankenhaus Am Urban, published in Berliner Gerichts-Zeitung on June 12th, 1890. WARNING! It´s in German AND it´s … Continue reading

June 24, 2013 · 4 Comments

YOU ARE HERE: KRANKENHAUS AM URBAN THE ADMINISTRATION BUILDING

Here are three images of the Verwaltungsgebäude of the old hospital Am Urban. Today it is a residential building which can be seen from the garden of the new Urban … Continue reading

June 24, 2013 · 2 Comments

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: JUNE 22

1910 Prof. Konrad Zuse, German engineer and the inventor of the first working programmable computer in the world is born in Berlin. All of the four computers designed and made … Continue reading

June 22, 2013 · 3 Comments

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: JUNE 13th

1996 In the Hinterhof (one of the sometimes multiple courtyards behind the front house) of Zickenhöfe in Boppstrasse 7 in Kreuzberg 61 the first charity non-profit department store in Berlin … Continue reading

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

KREUZBERG´D GOES OVERGROUND: TOURS OF KREUZBERG 61

KREUZBERG´D GOES OVERGROUND – ENGLISH-SPEAKING TOURS OF KREUZBERG 61 STARTING THIS SUNDAY. BOOKING POSSIBLE VERY SHORTLY THROUGH http://www.slowtravelberlin.com/tours/ EVERYBODY´S WELCOME!

June 12, 2013 · 3 Comments

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: JUNE 9th

1812 Johann Gottfried Galle, a German astronomer, is born in Radis, a small village in Saxony-Anhalt (between Berlin and Luther´s Wittenberg). Beginning in 1835 he will spend 16 years working … Continue reading

June 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

BERLIN FOTOFESTIVAL 2013 STRAIGHT FROM KREUZBERG

Only six days to go and Berlin-Kreuzberg will be hosting another great international event: Berlin Fotofestival´2013. A mix of exhibitions, lectures, panels and workshops for and by some of the … Continue reading

June 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

GET YOUR SOAP BOX AND GO – SEIFENKISTENRENNEN IN KREUZBERG

Seifenkistenrennen or Soap Box Derby has a long tradition in Kreuzberg. Between July 16th, 1949 and today there have been 54 occasions for home-made vehicles to start their four-wheeled downhill … Continue reading

May 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

NOT DEAD CALM BEFORE THE STORM: THE CARNIVAL OF CULTURES BEGINS!

Exactly this very moment the first floats are rolling out onto the streets and the first dancers are shaking their booties, starting the 2013 Karneval der Kulturen in Kreuzberg. 4,000 … Continue reading

May 19, 2013 · 4 Comments

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