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FLIGHT FROM HELL: BERLIN IN APRIL 1945

In March 1945 the Third Reich authorities issued an order that turned a section of the Nazi-built Ost-West-Achse – an impressive Tiergarten boulevard known as Charlottenburger Chaussee before and as … Continue reading

May 1, 2020 · 2 Comments

Protected: TODAY IN BERLIN: KARSTADT AM HERMANNPLATZ RETURNS

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CHANCE ENCOUNTERS: HIDDEN BERLIN

Contrary to what we hear all too often these days – more as a warning than as a fact, I believe – Berlin still has its little secrets and surprises. … Continue reading

Apr 13, 2018

Protected: DID YOU KNOW IT ABOUT BERLIN: BERLIN TWILIGHT

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Protected: DO YOU KNOW THE COUNTRY WHERE THE CANNONS BLOOM? ERICH KÄSTNER READS HIS 1928 POEM

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May 10, 2017 · Enter your password to view comments.

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

BERLIN PAST: BATHING IN THE TIERGARTEN

  In 1947 the city´s oldest public park, the Tiergarten, was still used for farming: horticulture instead of “amusemang” (Berlinerisch-French word). In fact, the site was divided into 3,000 allotments … Continue reading

Apr 7, 2016 · 3 Comments

GET ON THE SLOW TRAIN

Let us take a pause from the fast-paced day and enjoy another wonderful film about the old Berlin. This time, courtesy of the Stadtmuseum Berlin, we have a unique chance … Continue reading

Dec 17, 2015 · 4 Comments

SUMMER IN THE CITY: SPLASHING IN THE TIERGARTEN

Hot summer in the city and Berlin’s oldest park, the Tiergarten, in the 1950s: people did with what they had and they obviously made the best of it. Sometimes with … Continue reading

Aug 26, 2015

THE BERLIN WEEKEND CINEMA: THE MURDERERS ARE AMONG US

Released in 1946 as “Mörder Sind Unter Uns”, it was the first German film made in Germany after WW2. Its director, Wolfgang Staude, gave the main part – that of … Continue reading

Jun 27, 2015

CELLULOID BERLIN: TOMORROW AT THE ZEUGHAUSKINO

Tomorrow on May 20th at 8pm the “Zeughauskino” at the German Historic Museum will be showing the 1962 Franz Harnack´s film adaptation of a classic of German literature: Hans Fallada´s … Continue reading

May 19, 2015 · 4 Comments

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

THE YOM HA-SHOAH SIREN

A single is siren was sounded in Israel yesterday on Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, bringing the whole country to a halt. That day commemorates and honours the victims of … Continue reading

Apr 17, 2015

70 YEARS AFTER THE BATTLE OF BERLIN

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of one of the most bitter battles of modern times which took place inside the European cities and which brought an end to the six … Continue reading

Apr 17, 2015

LIFE AMONG THE RUINS

This photo taken by the LIFE magazine photographer, Nina Leen – a Russian-born American who studied and lived in Berlin until 1939, when she decided emigrate to the USA – … Continue reading

Apr 15, 2015

JUTEN TACH BERLIN

According to many people who lived in Berlin in the 1930s, despite the official signs of adulation, Adolf Hitler was a very much unpopular character in Germany´s capital. Considered to … Continue reading

Jun 25, 2014 · 3 Comments

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

THE BATTLE OF BERLIN – A STORY THAT NEVER ENDS

Between the 16th of April and the 2nd of May 1945 Berlin became the stage for the final act in the horrid spectacle of WW2. Whatever was left of this … Continue reading

Apr 22, 2014

FLYING THROUGH HELL – RADIO RECORDING OF A BERLIN AIR-RAID

An original radio recording of a Berlin air-raid made by the BBC on September 3rd, 1943 and aired two days later. It is also a series of interviews with people … Continue reading

Nov 22, 2013 · 1 Comment

FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS – BERLIN AIR-RAID REMEMBRANCE DAY

If you should be in Berlin today, of Friday November 22nd, do not be alarmed when at 7.30PM many church bells start tolling. Exactly 70 years ago, on November 22nd … Continue reading

Nov 22, 2013 · 4 Comments

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