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TODAY IN BERLIN: THE LICHTERFELDE TRAM

On May 12th, 1881 the fast developing company originally registered under the name of Telegraphenbau Anstalt Siemens & Halske presented its latest and, for many one of their most important, invention to the … Continue reading

May 12, 2020 · 3 Comments

Protected: HERR MENDELSSOHN IN LONDON OR SPRING IN CAMBERWELL GREEN

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Protected: BLITZ OVER KREUZBERG: ELECTOR JOACHIM AND THE FLOOD

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Protected: THE LAST MEETING OF THE TSAR, THE KING AND THE KAISER

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Protected: THE POLISH COUNT, THE GERMAN REICHSTAG AND THE ITALIAN MADONNA

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BERLIN BRUSHES: LESSER URY

Is it still raining in Berlin today (I am asking from a tiny village hidden among the gentle hills of Lower Silesia)? Are the streets as beautiful and full of … Continue reading

Oct 26, 2016 · 2 Comments

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, NEPTUNE – BBC RADIO ON BERLIN CELESTIAL DISCOVERY

Trust the BBC Radio to provide you with the perfect thing to listen on a Saturday morning. Our last post about the discovery of the planet Neptune, first spotted on … Continue reading

Sep 23, 2016

“NOTMSPARKER´S BERLIN COMPANION or I DIDN´T KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN”

There have been many great books written about Berlin… but if you’ve been wanting to know more about the world’s greatest indoor helicopter flight, the time they built a second … Continue reading

Aug 15, 2016 · 2 Comments

TODAY IN BERLIN: VATER ZILLE IS DEAD

Heinrich Zille, the legendary Berlin character, illustrator and photographer, died on August 9, 1929. His works documenting the life of the poorest and of the lower classes in general, with … Continue reading

Aug 9, 2016

WHEN WOWI DAYS ARE OVER

He won the post, came out as gay before the gutter press did the outing for him, turned the city into an undisputable Hub of Coolness and spent 13 years … Continue reading

Aug 28, 2014 · 2 Comments

FROM BERLIN HISTORY WORKSHOP – NEW HISTORY APP FOR BERLIN

BERLINER GESCHICHTSWERKSTATT (Berlin History Workshop), established in 1981 in Berlin-Schöneberg, is a historic society with focus on oral and micro history: both fields often neglected by the academic historians whose … Continue reading

May 18, 2014

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

Apr 25, 2014

YOU ARE HERE: ONE NIGHT AT HALLESCHES TOR

Here is a rare photo of the Hochbahn (elevated U-Bahn line) viaduct in Berlin-Kreuzberg used by the line U1 today. It was taken late at night on October 11th, 1928 … Continue reading

Apr 22, 2014

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

Jan 8, 2014 · 4 Comments

FRAU PEISER OF BRANDENBURGSTRASSE

The picture below (already presented in the previous post about the announced death of a small local library) is most probably the only existing image of Bona Peiser (the lady … Continue reading

Jan 7, 2014 · 1 Comment

ON PUBLIC READING – THE LIBRARY MUST GO

While doing some research for the TODAY IN KREUZBERG series, I found this little piece of historic information: on January 1st, 1895 in the house No. 13 in Neue Schönhauser … Continue reading

Jan 7, 2014 · 6 Comments

GROßSTADTWINKEL

An amazing painting by Hans Baluschek, dating back to 1929. Today it is part of the collection of Stadtmuseum Berlin. Der Großstadtwinkel is also known under another title as Der … Continue reading

Dec 3, 2013

SPOTTED IN PASSING: WINTERGARTEN CIRCUS BY UMBO

Umbo (Otto Umbehr) took this picture of the acrobats at Berlin Winter Garden show somewhere around 1932. Umbehr, a former Bauhaus student and a follower of Johannes Ittens became interested … Continue reading

Nov 6, 2013

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: MARLENE DIETRICH “IN DEN RUINEN VON BERLIN”

This wonderful piece was written by Friedrich (later also Frederick) Hollaender, an extremely talented Jewish musician and composer born in the UK but with the peak of his career in … Continue reading

Oct 27, 2013 · 5 Comments

YOU ARE HERE: IG-METALL-HAUS

This impressive house on the corner of Linden- and Alte Jakobstrasse was designed by Erich Mendelsohn and Rudolph Reichel and built between 1929 and 1930 for the powerful Industriegewerkschaft Metall … Continue reading

Sep 12, 2013

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: THE MIRACLE

Only 15 minutes left till the day ends – the day that would have marked Freddie Mercury´s 67th birthday. To celebrate that day and the music of one of the … Continue reading

Sep 5, 2013

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

Sep 4, 2013

THE ART OF SAINT AGNES – KREUZBERG CHURCH TURNED GALLERY

St Agnes Kirche in Alexandrinenstrasse in Kreuzberg 61 is possibly the ugliest church you have ever encountered. Representative of the so called Brutal Architecture it looks anything but inviting or … Continue reading

Aug 29, 2013

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

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Aug 28, 2013

A STAR IS BORN: JESPER MUNK AT GLEISDREIECK PARK RADIO EINS FESTIVAL

Here´s Jesper Munk, the young (oh, so very young!) man who made my iron jaw drop last night so fast and so loud that the thud could be heard all … Continue reading

Aug 24, 2013

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

Aug 21, 2013 · 2 Comments

AT THE OPEN-AIR CINEMA LAST NIGHT: GIBSY

Yesterday, on August 15th at 9.15PM the open-air cinema at the Kunstquartier Bethanien am Mariannenplatz presented a film about one of the most famous and most tragic characters in Kreuzberg´s … Continue reading

Aug 16, 2013

BOOK OF THE MONTH: MICHAEL HUGHES´ “INSIDE KREUZBERG”

Many have that dream: to be at the centre of events, inside the group and within the walls. Well, Michael Hughes, British photographer who by coincidence found himself living in … Continue reading

Aug 16, 2013

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: JUNE 22

Between 1936 and 1938 a young German engineer named Konrad Zuse – who was born on this day in 1910 in Wilmersdorf and later lived with his family in Kreuzberg … Continue reading

Jun 22, 2013 · 3 Comments

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: EXCHANGE PLACE BY BERENICE ABBOTT

Another example of turning a beast into a beauty using nothing else but “tricks with smoke and mirrors”. New York is one of those overwhelming places where some streets seem … Continue reading

Jun 21, 2013 · 2 Comments

BERLIN´S OWN: “CHILDREN AT A PUPPET THEATRE” BY ALFRED EISENSTAEDT

Few photographers are lucky enough to catch such moments of sheer joy and fear and enthusiasm in one. Eisenstaedt did in Paris in 1963 while working on a Paris series … Continue reading

Jun 10, 2013

BERLIN´S OWN: ALFRED EISENSTAEDT

This legendary picture of Marlene Dietrich was made by a German-American photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt who left Berlin to escape the Nazis and went on to become one of the best … Continue reading

Jun 10, 2013 · 3 Comments

BACK TO SCHIKANEPROMENADE – BERLIN THEME YEAR IN FONTANEPROMENADE 15

Diversity Destroyed is the name of the current Berlin Theme Year, inspired by two events which led to the death of millions and to an almost complete and irreparable destruction … Continue reading

May 21, 2013 · 4 Comments

SPOTTED IN PASSING: SO36-BOY

Apr 29, 2013

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: APRIL 11th – WHICH WAY TO RUDI-DUTSCHKE-STRASSE?

On April 11th, 1968 in West Berlin Rudi Dutschke, one of the leaders of the revolutionary German student movement of the 1960s, was shot in the head by an anti-communist … Continue reading

Apr 11, 2013 · 2 Comments

IN BLÜCHERSTRASSE FILM ATELIER IN 1908

What a lovely find! Here is a photo of Oskar Messter´s director Carl Froehlich filming Regimentstochter in Blücherstrasse film atelier in 1908. Oskar Messter is the second gentleman from the … Continue reading

Apr 9, 2013

“KÜNSTLERBLUT” – FROM OSKAR MESSTER´S FILM STUDIOS IN KREUZBERG

As a little follow-up to the post about Kreuzberg film studios of Oskar Messter, here is a song from his 1909 film Künstlerblut: Gassenbubenlied filmed in Blücherstrasse 31/32 and produced … Continue reading

Apr 9, 2013

RE-PLAY: THE AMAZING STORY OF JOHANN FRIEDRICH DANNENBERG FROM KÖPENICKER STRASSE

This is a re-posted text from last year and part of the series Today in Kreuzberg. Because it is April again and because the story is very much worth knowing … Continue reading

Apr 4, 2013

STUMBLED IN KREUZBERG – STOLPERSTEIN FOR THE LITTLE BERL EISENSTÄDT

I wish to say thank you to all those who came to witness today´s ceremony – the only funeral that the Jewish family from Hofmanndamm 9 in Kreuzberg: Kurt, Käte … Continue reading

Mar 28, 2013 · 3 Comments

WHAT ZOE SEES

What Ali Wears is a great Tumblr blog I discovered thanks to a friend. Ali is a Turkish gentleman living in Berlin since the 1970s who walks past Zoe´s Neukölln … Continue reading

Mar 25, 2013

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: MARCH 12 – WILLIBALD-ALEXIS-STRASSE

1889 Two streets on Hobrecht´s original plan for urban development of Berlin: Nr. 23b und Nr. 27b, Abt. II des Bebauungsplanes are given a joint name of Willibald-Alexis-Strasse. As part of … Continue reading

Mar 12, 2013

WHEN BACH GOES FLYING IN KREUZBERG

Kreuzberg gave the world the first working programmable computer (Z1 by Konrad Zuse, click the link to read more), first German telegraphs by Siemens & Halske (and Siemens & Halske … Continue reading

Mar 8, 2013

LOCK ´EM UP OR THE STORY OF THE BERLINER SCHLÜßEL

According to the records of the Berlin Statistical Office in December 1900 the population of the city reached 1,888,848 inhabitants. Considering that in 1845 Berlin registered only 442,500 residents, the number of … Continue reading

Mar 6, 2013 · 4 Comments

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: DECEMBER 23rd

On with it – January is almost over:) 1940 Otto Rudolf Salvisberg, architect, dies in a skiing accident (actually, he had a heart attack while skiing) in Arosa in his … Continue reading

Jan 24, 2013

THE WORLD THROUGH VIVIAN´S EYES

Vivian Maier was one of the first truly great street photographers ever. A nanny by profession, a very aloof and perhaps lonely person in her private life, she had a … Continue reading

Jan 8, 2013 · 5 Comments

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: DECEMBER 16th – FRAUEN-SICHENANSTALT GITSCHINERSTRASSE

Not a trace is left of the place which is the topic of today´s post. Its garden was long replaced with a big street and some high-rises. But with a … Continue reading

Jan 7, 2013 · 2 Comments

HERE´S TO 2012

2012 has been a long year – the length of a year being measured by the number of memorable events. I have plenty to be happy about and equally a … Continue reading

Dec 31, 2012 · 4 Comments

HOW KREUZBERG HISTORY WAS MADE: HOUSE OCCUPATION

This post is an addition to the post from the series called TODAY IN KREUZBERG (DECEMBER 12-14). Initially, it escaped me that the video material I included in it was … Continue reading

Dec 19, 2012

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: DECEMBER 12-14 – THE BATTLE OF FRAENKELUFER

1980 There are several events in the modern history of Kreuzberg which can be described as true milestones: the occupation of Bethanien Krankenhaus in 1971 (this beautiful old hospital by Theodor … Continue reading

Dec 18, 2012 · 5 Comments

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: DEPECHE MODE IN KREUZBERG AGAIN

I strongly believe that the saying “Good things come to those who wait”, praising the virtue of patience, should be promptly modified to “Good things come to those who browse”. … Continue reading

Dec 13, 2012

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