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CEMETERY GATES: LESSONS FROM THE DEAD

Everybody loves a holiday. For most people Christmas seems to be when their year “peaks” – it is their favourite time of all seasons. I belong to a much smaller … Continue reading

Nov 1, 2019 · 1 Comment

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: SCHLUSS MIT LUSTIG: NAZI REFURBISHMENT OF BERLIN’S LUSTGARTEN

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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

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

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

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

YOU ARE HERE: FLOATING IN TIERGARTEN

Here is a lovely image of a lady relaxing in an inflatable boat on a little lake in Berlin´s oldest park, the Tiergarten, some time in the early 1950s. With … Continue reading

Feb 17, 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

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

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

WHAT GOES AROUND, COMES AROUND – THE STORY OF THE TIN

The best thing about the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, is the multitude of its interests: from fossils to aeroplanes, from Persian manuscripts to the ruby slippers worn by Dorothy … Continue reading

Mar 4, 2014

THE YING-YANG OF BERLIN: SCHWARZPLAN MAPS OF THE CITY

Here is an excellent text by Gareth Davis (for Schlur Magazine) about the so called Schwarzplan maps of Germany´capital and what they tell us about its history. So worth reading!

Feb 18, 2014 · 1 Comment

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: MARLENE DIETRICH “IN DEN RUINEN VON BERLIN”

This wonderful piece was written by Friedrich (later also Frederick) Hollaender, an extremely talented Jewish musician and composer born in the UK but with the peak of his career in … Continue reading

Oct 27, 2013 · 5 Comments

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