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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
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
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
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
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
Spotted in Hallesches Ufer in Kreuzberg 61.
Spotted at Nachbarschaftshaus Urbanstrasse, the former officers´ casino of the Garde-Pionier troops from Blücherstrasse barracks.
Spotted in Gneisenaustrasse before the Karnival der Kulturen. That explains the lack of any traffic.
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
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
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
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
Spotted today in Zossener Strasse.
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
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
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
Seen last week in Kreuzberg. On the rare occasion of looking up while cycling…
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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
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