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TODAY IN BERLIN: THE 1962 DYSENTERY EPIDEMIC OR RUHRGEBIET AT THE SPREE

There is currently but one piece of news that circumvents the world at what feels like the speed of light: the latest update on the pandemic situation. Whether we want … Continue reading

Apr 3, 2020 · 3 Comments

THE LADY ON THE WALL: THE STORY OF BERLIN’S STATUE OF LIBERTY

After Checkpoint Charlie – a border crossing between East and West Berlin on the corner of Friedrichstraße and Kochstraße – was closed down in 1989, crowds of people from both … Continue reading

May 13, 2019

SICK CITY: BERLIN ON MARCH 11, 1933

On March 11th 1933 Jewish doctors and registrars (junior doctors) working at the 3rd Municipal Hospital Am Urban in Kreuzberg were attacked, beaten up and banned from ever returning to … Continue reading

Mar 11, 2019 · 4 Comments

Protected: THE GODDESS RETURNS. BEROLINA’S COME-BACK TO ALEXANDERPLATZ

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Dec 10, 2018 · Enter your password to view comments.

Protected: ACHTUNG, ACHTUNG! HIER SPRICHT BERLIN! STORY OF THE FIRST GERMAN RADIO BROADCAST

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Oct 29, 2018

Protected: FIGHTING TOOTH AND NAIL or THE HINDENBURG FROM KÖNIGSPLATZ

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Protected: THE KAISER AND THE WIRELESS

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Protected: DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: FIRST REGULAR TV BROADCAST IN HISTORY

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Mar 22, 2018

Protected: DID YOU KNOW IT ABOUT BERLIN: BERLIN TWILIGHT

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Protected: THE BERLIN OF HERMANN BLANKENSTEIN

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Protected: A LONG WAY TO THE DOM

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Protected: WHEN TANTE JU CAME A-FLYING

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Protected: TODAY IN BERLIN: THE THREE-WHEELED WONDER FROM SPANDAU

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Nov 29, 2017

Protected: THE GHOST OF “BERLIN”: THE OLD AEROPLANE FROM THE TEGEL AIRPORT

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Protected: RINGBAHN: 140 AND STILL GOING STRONG

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Protected: HERR MENDELSSOHN IN LONDON OR SPRING IN CAMBERWELL GREEN

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WHICH WAY TO SPITTELMARKT?

Welcome to Spittelmarkt, a central Berlin plaza in today´s Mitte, here seen from Leipziger Straße in 1904. #OTD 1900 traffic census carried out there rendered following results: between 6 AM … Continue reading

Oct 11, 2017

TODAY IN BERLIN: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BETHANIENHAUS AT MARIANNENPLATZ!

On October 10, 1847 – exactly 170 years ago today – one of Berlin´s oldest hospitals and Kreuzberg´s most famous squatter site (now an art and culture centre), Bethanien Krankenhaus, … Continue reading

Oct 10, 2017 · 3 Comments

Protected: BERLIN´S MÜHLENDAMM – OF MILLS, LOCKS AND BRIDGES

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A BRIDGE BETWEEN TWO WORLDS

The 138-metre long and 27-metre wide Hindenburgbrücke – first steel-arch bridge in Berlin, designed by Friedrich Krause and his colleagues Behner, Wolffenstein and Kalb, opened on 11 September 1916, exactly … Continue reading

Sep 11, 2017 · 3 Comments

HITLER´S VOLKSHALLE AND THE AIR THAT WE BREATHE

79 years ago, on June 14 1938, Albert Speer, the court architect of the Nazi Führer, reported to his supervisor that the construction works on the site of Hitler´s future … Continue reading

Jun 14, 2017 · 2 Comments

Protected: DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: THE POPE’S REVENGE

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Jun 12, 2017

Protected: TODAY IN BERLIN June 7 1802 or LITTLE SPOTS IN HISTORY

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Jun 8, 2017

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

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ONLY A PRELUDE: BOOK BURNING IN BERLIN

Little did Heinrich Heine know when in 1820 he penned the lines for his new play, Almansor: “That was but a prelude; where they burn books, they will burn people … Continue reading

May 10, 2017 · 4 Comments

Protected: LIGHTS OUT AT ERICHS LAMPENLADEN: The story of East Berlin´s Palast der Republik

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HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN´S DAY!

The photo below was taken on March 19, 1911 in Berlin, on the eastern side of the Garnisonskirche in Berlin-Kreuzberg, at a roundabout known today as Südstern. The marching women … Continue reading

Mar 8, 2017 · 3 Comments

Protected: TODAY IN BERLIN: MARCH 6th – HERMANN BLANKENSTEIN AND THE CITY OF STONE

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Protected: A LOST BERLIN BRIDGE: BROMMYBRÜCKE

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ROUND AND ROUND THE DOG´S HEAD

The opening of four new Ringbahn stations – Tempelhof, Wilmersdorf, Grunewald (since 1884 Halensee) and Charlottenburg (now Westend) – on November 15, 1877 as well as connecting the latter with … Continue reading

Nov 15, 2016

HERR LEISTIKOW AND THE LAKE

Walter Leistikow, one of the leading Berlin painters of the late 19th century, was born on this day in 1865. Although not a Berliner by birth – he came from … Continue reading

Oct 25, 2016 · 2 Comments

PROFESSOR VIRCHOW AND THE DAY OF THE TRICHINES

Prof. Rudolf Virchow, who was born on October 13, 1821 in Schivelbein (today Świdwin in Poland), was a renowned physician, pathologist, biologist, anthropologist, writer as well as a highly respected … Continue reading

Oct 13, 2016

DREAM OF A BETTER LAND: THE BIRTH OF EAST GERMANY AS A STATE

On October 7 1949 the Provisorische Volkskammer, or Provisional People’s Chamber, German political authority within the Soviet occupation zone, announced the constitution of the Deutsche Demokratische Republik, better known as East … Continue reading

Oct 7, 2016

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

TODAY IN BERLIN: THE YOUNGEST GO TO SCHOOL

It is the Einschülungstag in Berlin today: all around the city all 6-year-olds and a handful of almost-7-year-olds, including my own wonderful twins, will officially join the primary-school pupils´ crew. … Continue reading

Sep 10, 2016

TAMING OF THE STORM

  The heavy storm which hit Berlin yesterday evening left the city flooded, confused and forced to push trams in the streets, using their bare hands only. Perhaps you have … Continue reading

May 31, 2016

THE DAY TO TAKE THE TRAM

  The first electric tram in the world, built by Siemens & Halske, had its last official test run  on May 12, 1881 in Berlin-Lichterfelde, between Lichterfelde Railway Station and the Main Military … Continue reading

May 12, 2016

TODAY IN BERLIN: NOVEMBER 29th

  A big day, if a little spine-chilling one: on November 29th, 1713 Berlin witnessed its first public human autopsy history. The procedure, which until then had often been performed … Continue reading

Nov 30, 2015

TODAY IN BERLIN: APRIL 28th, 1945 – THE RED ARMY AT HALLESCHES TOR

This original film recording was made outside the U-Bahn station Hallesches Tor and at Belle-Alliance-Platz (Mehringplatz today) most probably on April 28th, 1945 after the 7th Guards Tank Division fighting under … Continue reading

Apr 28, 2015

NOTHING LIKE THE SUN

Here is a visual proof that the solar eclipse found place and that the super-simple home-made pinhole thingy did its job fabulously: Berlin on March 20th, 2015 at 10.32 AM.

Mar 20, 2015 · 2 Comments

HAPPY MARCH 20th, 2015!

The solar eclipse that is about to begin over the northern hemisphere has been keeping Berlin on its toes for the past couple of days. The eclipse-watching sunglasses (which, just … Continue reading

Mar 20, 2015 · 1 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

Feb 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

Dec 31, 2014 · 2 Comments

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