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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: TODAY IN BERLIN: HAPPY BIRTHDAY LUISENSTÄDTISCHER KANAL!

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May 15, 2018 · Enter your password to view comments.

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

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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: A LOST BERLIN BRIDGE: BROMMYBRÜCKE

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Dec 4, 2016 · Enter your password to view comments.

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

Nov 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

Nov 25, 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: 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

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

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

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

Apr 30, 2014

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

Apr 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

Apr 25, 2014

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

Apr 24, 2014

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

Apr 16, 2014

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

Apr 11, 2014

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

Mar 21, 2014

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

Mar 13, 2014

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

Feb 26, 2014

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

Feb 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

Feb 13, 2014

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: FEBRUARY 6th – LITTLE BERL´S BIRTHDAY

It´s been almost a year since Berl Eisenstädt, the 2-year-old boy from Hoffmanndamm (Erkelenzdamm) in Berlin-Kreuzberg, murdered in March 1943 in a gas chamber of Auschwitz only three weeks after … Continue reading

Feb 6, 2014 · 1 Comment

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

Jan 18, 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

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

Dec 9, 2013

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

Nov 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

Nov 6, 2013 · 5 Comments

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

Sep 26, 2013 · 2 Comments

YOU ARE HERE: WIENER STRASSE 10

The former Sturmlokal (regular meeting point in a pub or restaurant) of the SA Assault Division 27 was known before the war as “Wiener Garten”. The house survived the war … Continue reading

Sep 25, 2013

THAT WAS THE ELECTION THAT WAS – MY FIRST TIME

Today, on September 22nd 2013 for the first time since I moved to Germany in 2003 I was allowed to cast a ballot in a federal election. My new German … Continue reading

Sep 22, 2013

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

Sep 22, 2013 · 3 Comments

Protected: YOU ARE HERE: GITSCHINER STRASSE CORNER SEDAN UFER

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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

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

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Aug 28, 2013

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

Aug 14, 2013

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

Jul 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

Jul 29, 2013 · 1 Comment

OY, THE PHOENIX’S RISING IN SO36!

It seems that Berlin’s Festsaal Kreuzberg and Mark Twain have something in common – in both cases the reports of their deaths were greatly exaggerated:-) Although as far as Festsaal … Continue reading

Jul 26, 2013

THE FLAME IS OUT – FAREWELL TO FESTSAAL KREUZBERG

One of the first useful things to learn when you are young is that nothing ever stays the same and all is in the state of flux. Once you leave … Continue reading

Jul 25, 2013

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

Jun 24, 2013 · 4 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

Jun 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

Jun 20, 2013

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

Jun 11, 2013

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

Jun 7, 2013

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

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