Archive for the ‘history’ Category

Berliner Schnauze… genau wie es sich gehört ….

Berliner sind bekannt für deren interessanten Art des Sprechens. Berliner sind dafür bekannt, dass sie alles was in ihrem Kopf vorgeht einfach so dahin sprechen. Sie sind aber auch dafür bekannt, dass ihre Art einen richtig fertig machen kann.

Ich, als Zugezogener, finde Berlin ehrlicher als alle andere Staedte die ich je gesehen habe und ich habe einige Staedte intensiv beobachten dürfen.

Was macht aber die berlinerische Art des Sprechens so interessant, aufregend, manchmal unverstaendlich und teilweise beaengstigend ?
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Berlin Wall

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Today () marks the 17th aniversary of the fall of the . So rejoice in happyness, my fellow Berliners, or are you not?
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Erzwungene Wege

If you have an interest in European history, you should not miss the exhibition entitled “Erzwunge Wege” (English: enforced tracks), which opened in Berlin.
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Martin Munkacsi Ausstellung @ Martin Gropius Bau

” Es muss 1931 oder 1932 gewesen sein, als ich eine Aufnahme Ihres Vaters sah von drei schwarzen Jungen, die in das Meer hinein rennen. Und ich muss sagen: Es war diese Fotografie, die für mich der Funke war, der das Feuerwerk abbrennen liess. […]
Plötzlich begriff ich, dass es der Fotografie möglich ist, die Ewigkeit zu erreichen durch den Moment. […]”

Henri Cartier-Bresson hat 1977 dieze Zeilen der Tochter des Munkacsi geschrieben.

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Saving Tuntenhaus in the Kastanien Alley

If you were in the Kastanien Alley last night, you might have noticed the extraordinary crowd in front of a certain house, people waiting in lines to get in. We are not talking about chique tourist clients or wannabe cools or the way too conservative part of the nation trying to interact here ladies and gentleman;

we are talking about one of the most impressing living house projects in the history of Berlin.

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yesterday III

Nazi Football

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The picture shows the English team at Berlin’s Olympic stadium in 1938. Content borrowed from Anglofritz.

53 years


ago today marks the 1953 uprising in East Germany which was eventually brutally supressed. To mark the occasion flowers were laid at the Finance Ministry on Leipziger Strasse which in 1953 was serving as the House of Ministries. It was here that workers had gathered in what was initially a protest against a 25% increase in work norms but quickly became a general demonstration against the SED goverment which spread throughout the DDR. Later that day the protesters would find themselves battling Soviet T-34 tanks and units of the Volkspolizei and by the time uprising was finally crushed there would be over a hundred of the demonstrators dead and countless injured.

it is often said

that Berlin, with over 1700 of them, has more bridges than Venice…here is a picture of one, taken from another, along the Berlin-Spandauer Schifffahrtskanal….

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