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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

Nov 25, 2016 · 4 Comments

YOU ARE HERE: SPRINGTIME IN SAARLANDSTRASSE

Between 1935 and 1947 today´s Stresemannstrasse was known as Saarlandstrasse –  the photo was most probably taken either in 1945 or perhaps a year later, before the Nazi name of … Continue reading

Apr 13, 2015

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

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: 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

SPOTTED IN PASSING: DAYS OF THE INVISIBLE SUN

Spotted in Hallesches Ufer in Kreuzberg 61.

May 31, 2013

SPOTTED IN PASSING: THE SUPERNOVA

Spotted at Nachbarschaftshaus Urbanstrasse, the former officers´ casino of the Garde-Pionier troops from Blücherstrasse barracks.

May 29, 2013

SPOTTED IN PASSING: BIG RED

Spotted in Gneisenaustrasse before the Karnival der Kulturen. That explains the lack of any traffic.

May 26, 2013

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: APRIL 6th – HAYDN IN JERUSALEMKIRCHE

1802 At Jerusalemkirche in Lindenstrasse in Kreuzberg the noble crowds are gathering to listen to a maginificent work of orchestral music: Die sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze (The … Continue reading

Apr 6, 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

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

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: SMASH MOUTH

Bouncy, cheery and addictive. Helped me once while contemplating a break-up with the then boyfriend. Kept my head level. Perfect for the 1st Day of Christmas, I should say:) Smash … Continue reading

Dec 25, 2012

SPOTTED IN PASSING: ANNA-ANNA-RUBY

Spotted today in Zossener Strasse.

Dec 19, 2012

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: DECEMBER 2nd

One word: Kleinbeerenstrasse. I will bet my freshly acquired medical ankle braces (yep, winter and ice are already harvesting first victims but my injury is – like 90% of all … Continue reading

Dec 11, 2012 · 2 Comments

UP AND AWAY: U1 line from Oberbaumbrücke to Schlesische Strasse

I have been taking photos of the U1 line in Kreuzberg for months. I believe half of my external hard discs to be full with images of trains, viaducts, passages … Continue reading

Nov 29, 2012 · 4 Comments

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: NOVEMBER 14 – KONRAD BIESALSKI AND HIS HOUSE FOR DISABLED CHILDREN

1868 It is hard to imagine that at the beginning of the 20th century more than every third child you met in the streets of Berlin would be suffering some form … Continue reading

Nov 15, 2012 · 3 Comments

SPOTTED IN PASSING: SKYFALL

Seen last week in Kreuzberg. On the rare occasion of looking up while cycling…

Oct 28, 2012

KITES OVER KREUZBERG

Already quite a while ago I bought a picture showing the most important place in my borough. Finally framed, it will be hanging next to my desk and offering me … Continue reading

Jul 29, 2012 · 5 Comments

TODAYS IN KREUZBERG: JULY 2nd

Today we shall go to church. 1844 In Oranienstrasse 132-134, or rather what we know today as the aforementioned address, the members of the newly established St.-Jacobi-Gemeinde are celebrating the … Continue reading

Jul 9, 2012 · 3 Comments

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: JUNE 30th

1836 What Elisabeth-Kinder-Krankenhaus (today KEH Krankenhaus Lichtenberg or Diakonissen Krankenhaus), the city historian and town registrar Johann Fidicin, writer Alfred Döblin (the author of the novel of the Weimar Republic era … Continue reading

Jul 5, 2012 · 3 Comments

STORM WATCH OR TODAY IN KREUZBERG: JUNE 30th

With unfavourable weather forecast full of words such as storm, hail and the wonderful German Unwetter it must be clear to all of us that windows be better kept shut … Continue reading

Jun 30, 2012 · 1 Comment

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: MAY 16th

To continue the topic of the favourite drink of the borough. Where today second-hand clothes, shoes, bags et al. are exchanged for forever higher amounts of crisp Euro banknotes – … Continue reading

May 23, 2012

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: MAY 8TH

What would Kreuzberg be without Bergmannstrasse, without the canal or without U1 cutting through it gently like a steel flying carpet? Or what would it be without Marianneplatz, Viktoria Park … Continue reading

May 12, 2012

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: MAY 1st

Actually, I could be writing about how in 1840 one Georg Leonhard Hopf opened the very first ever Bockbiersaison in his new brewery in Fidicinstrasse 2/3 in Kreuzberg. However, since … Continue reading

May 7, 2012 · 2 Comments

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: APRIL 25th

Today´s post takes us back in time to the days far back before the city transportation system, Landwehrkanal or running water were considered a possibility (not that anyone bothered). We … Continue reading

May 3, 2012 · 5 Comments

THE SKY CAVALRY ARE THERE OR GO TO SLEEP, IF YOU CAN

Tonight I shall go to bed and be lulled to sleep by the constant and not so quiet drone of the police helicopters hovering over Kreuzberg. In some strange and … Continue reading

May 1, 2012 · 3 Comments

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: APRIL 22nd – THE SYNAGOGUE IN FRAENKELUFER

1959 On the eve of one of the most important Jewish holidays, Pessach (Passover), in the afternoon, the orthodox synagogue in Fraenkelufer holds its re-opening ceremony. Designed by Alexander Beer … Continue reading

Apr 23, 2012 · 3 Comments

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: APRIL 20th – Kleine Parkstrasse

What a day! In 1837 somebody was very busy making Tempelhofer Vorstadt bigger, better and properly labelled. 1837 So little time and so many new streets to name! On April … Continue reading

Apr 22, 2012 · 5 Comments

A SHIP GOES DOWN OR ON THE RELATIVITY OF DEATH AND MOURNING

One would have to be living on Mars or in a stone-age hut deep in the Naturpark Schorfheide in order not to realise that it has been exactly 100 years … Continue reading

Apr 15, 2012 · 1 Comment

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: APRIL 13th

Please, do not adjust your calendars or agendas – this blog, being primarily concerned with the past, stays dutifully behind the schedule. And of course it has nothing to do … Continue reading

Apr 15, 2012

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: APRIL 12th

1893 You might not notice it while walking or cycling but one look on the map of Görlitzer Park and the area around it (or a short flight above it) … Continue reading

Apr 13, 2012 · 1 Comment

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: MARCH 29 – NAZI FILM CENSORSHIP MADE IN KREUZBERG

1933 The new film of Fritz Lang, whose other productions known as M and Metropolis are THE classics of the world cinema today, Das Testament des Dr Mabuse is officially … Continue reading

Mar 29, 2012 · 1 Comment

THE BRITS HAVE IT OR THE WONDERS OF ONLINE RESEARCH

Here is a true gem that fell into my lap a couple of days ago – I am so grateful that I was wearing my glasses then for I could … Continue reading

Mar 16, 2012 · 1 Comment

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

1933 On March 11th 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 14, 2012 · 13 Comments

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: MARCH 6 – HERMANN BLANKENSTEIN

1910 Hermann Blankenstein (actually, Hermann Wilhelm Albert Blankenstein), an architect, dies in Berlin. Without him the borough of Kreuzberg would certainly not be what it is and surely not what … Continue reading

Mar 12, 2012 · 5 Comments

KNOCK KNOCK OR HERE´S TO THE LOVELY LADIES

The 8th of March in the 1980s Poland was a big day. It was big for the flower shops: after March, 8th and the Teacher´s Day they could basically wrap … Continue reading

Mar 9, 2012 · 5 Comments

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: MARCH 2

1868 Wartenburgstrasse is born. Named after the Battle of Wartenburg where General Blücher and General Ludwig von Yorck (later Graf Wartenburg) convinced Napoleon that crossing the Elbe was not such … Continue reading

Mar 7, 2012

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: FEBRUARY 24 – HUGO HEIMANN´S FIRST FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY

1951 Hugo Heimann, the 56st honorary citizen of Berlin and the man who gave Berlin its first professionally managed free public library, dies in New York. The library he fully … Continue reading

Mar 1, 2012 · 1 Comment

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: FEBRUARY 22 – LICHTERFELDERSTRASSE

1876 My ever favourite street and the place where all this began – the loving part of my stormy relationship with Kreuzberg, the research, the book, the blog – gets … Continue reading

Feb 22, 2012 · 8 Comments

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: FEBRUARY 15

Another day, another death, another theft. 1912 The local newspaper BZ Am Mittag informs its readers about a tragic event that took place between Anhalter Bahnhof post office and Hallesches … Continue reading

Feb 15, 2012

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: FEBRUARY 14 – THE LAST WILL OF ELEONORE BESCHORT

In 1862 the concept of Valentine´s Day did not even exist – people were busy doing other, usually useful things. Like donating their whole wealth to finance the building of … Continue reading

Feb 14, 2012 · 3 Comments

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: FEBRUARY 8

Due to a sudden bout of flu or some other nasty pest in our household I am making a little calendar U-turn here. But bear with me: murder is always … Continue reading

Feb 13, 2012

SPOTTED IN PASSING: THE IMPERISHABLE

The old Hospital Am Urban in Grimmstrasse. Here the former chapel seen from both sides of the street and from both perspectives just as beautiful. The inscription above the entrance … Continue reading

Feb 10, 2012 · 16 Comments

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: FEBRUARY 2 – GÖRLITZER STRASSE

1869 In 1866/1867 Berlin-Görlitzer Eisenbahn-Gesellschaft (Berlin-Görlitz Railway Society), which has just seen its main project – Görlitzer Bahnhof – come to fruition, decides the brand new railway station needs an … Continue reading

Feb 3, 2012

Protected: TODAY IN KREUZBERG: FEBRUARY 1 – CARL HOPPE OR THE MAN WHO WOULD LIFT THE MEMORIAL

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Feb 1, 2012

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: JANUARY 29 – THE EXTENDED U7 OPENS

1971 Another stretch of the U7 tube line between Möckernstrasse and Fehrberlinner Platz is opened. It runs the length of 5,3 km and its trains will also stop at the … Continue reading

Jan 30, 2012 · 5 Comments

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: JANUARY 27

2012 Winter is here. Time to turn up the heating and unearth the sensible thermal underwear we have all been keeping for this occasion since November. In 1983, however, some … Continue reading

Jan 27, 2012

STRESEMANNSTRAßE BECOMES SAARLANDSTRAßE

1935 On January 26 the Nazis changed the name of one of Kreuzberg´s main and longest streets: Stresemannstraße ceased to be Stresemannstraße and turned into Saarlandstraße instead. Gustav Stresemann was … Continue reading

Jan 26, 2012 · 4 Comments

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: JANUARY 25th

1890 Exactly 122 years ago Reichstag, German Parliament, decided in a 169 (aye)  to 98 (nay) vote to put an end to the so called Sozialistengesetz (Socialist or rather Anti-Socialist … Continue reading

Jan 26, 2012 · 4 Comments

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