Bye bye, Erichs Lampenladen

All the protest didn’t help, the demolition of the “Palast der Republik” started today.

dear palace,
(Photo: mezelve)

As with the rapid demolition of the remnants of the berlin wall, I also have a big problem with this. For the average person, history manifests itself in tangible things. Such as walls or buildings. When those are gone, it gets harder to explain our history, and I mean east and west german history.

To my children I’d like to one day show these historical sites and not have to look them up in a history book.

What’s your opninion on this?

3 Comments so far

  1. Tom (unregistered) on February 7th, 2006 @ 7:58 am

    People always pull the history card on this. But I am very much in favour of getting rid off this. You don’t have to keep each reminder of the SED and their 40 years of glory. Berlin is already full of architectural “bullshit”.

    Many streets layouted by Speer and later on the Russians who both had bias for “huge spaces” and parades.


  2. barry (unregistered) on February 12th, 2006 @ 1:02 am

    I think this is terrible. Why spend the fortune on getting rid of the asbestos in order to tear it all down now? I’m glad I was able to visit it when I was in Berlin last fall.

    I’ve been reading Stasiland, and I wonder about this need to destroy all remnants of the GDR’s history.

    If you think keeping the Palast is bullshit, what are going to think when they rebuild the Stadtschloss?


  3. Einberlinerter (unregistered) on February 17th, 2006 @ 9:48 am

    @Barry:

    Tear it down because the Palace is an architectorial nightmare at an exposed location in the center of Berlin. Berlin has too much of these already.

    Why to rebulid the Stadtschloss? Because modern architects declared bankruptcy at the Potsdamer Platz already and it’s a splendid idea not to give them another opportunity to waste more space in the city center for trial and error architecture.



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