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be prepared – always prepared!

i always enjoy seeing these words of wisdom from the SW Crew on my way to and from work. especially as an american i am intimately familiar with the ‘aggression of the USA’! there is also a bit of historical irony as the building stands on Bernauer Strasse, facing out from the edge of what once East Berlin.

Today in history

When you get a coffee somewhere in the morning, there’s always people chatting. Especially with the nice weather at hand they all seem to go outside to occupy the cafes and little coffee shops in the neighborhood.

So one thing that’s just too common and very stereotypical for this picture are discussions about politics. So here’s some stuff to keep in mind since most of us like to engage in chats bitching about “those politicians” (up there) and since we like to take democracy for granted.

29th March, 1936: Adolf Hitler receives 99% of the votes in a referendum to ratify Germany’s illegal reoccupation of the Rhineland, receiving 44.5 million votes out of 45.5 million registered voters. Only three years earlier (in 1933) all political parties and political liberty had been abolished.

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Liebes kleines Mütterlein
Nun darf ich endlich bei Dir sein
Die Sehnsucht und die Einsamkeit
Erlösen sich in Seeligkeit.

Nico, singer-songwriter, fashion model, actress, keyboard player and Warhol superstar, is buried with her mother in the Friedhof Grunewald-Forst, originally the Selbstmord Friedhof (Suicide Graveyard) and also known as the Friedhof der Namenlosen (Cemetery of the Nameless) since the bodies of those who drowned in the Havel River were often found nearby.

Speaking of Zitty

the magazine everyone loves to hate turns thirty today! Zitty’s first issue appeared this day in 1977 on the mean streets of West Berlin. The magazine was the creation of a team that had worked together previously at HOBO (another of the city’s first magazines). To celebrate they are throwing a party next month at Maria am Ostbahnhof featuring Klee, The Pipettes, and Jeans Team – late as usual!

colors of berlin

inspired by max mey – here are a few books on my shelves. Can you say ‘obsessive compulsive’ ?

Things to remember

hatun_s%C3%BCr%C3%BCc%C3%BC.jpg Tomorrow is the 2nd anniversary of the death of Hatun Sürücü – who was murdered by her own brother (a so called honor killing) about 2 years ago. Hatun chose a life according to Western standards over the Muslim headscarf and even divorced from a forced marriage at the age of 15.

The authorities believed that her three brothers and her father were directly involved in the plot to murder her, but only her youngest brother was found guilty.

To honor her, the district major of Tempelhof, Ekkehard Band, and the deputy of the BVV Ingrid Kühnemann, will lay a wreath tomorrow (Wednesday, 7th February 2007) at 10:00 AM at the crime scene on Oberlandgarten 1, corner of Oberlandstraße in Tempelhof.

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Picture courtesy of Spiegel Online.

reasons to be cheerful – part I

bell.gif Galerie Berinson on Auguststrasse is currently exhibiting Hans Bellmer’s dolls from 1934 -1938. Bellmer, who was living in Berlin at the time, first created his mutated, erotic dolls as an oppositional project to the fascist body cult which was then on the rise with nazi seizure of power. His anonymous book The Doll (Die Puppe), published in 1934, contained pictures of his creations in various “tableaux vivants” but went unnoticed by party censors. Bellmer soon made contact with french surrealists, where his work was welcomed and the photographs published in the Surrealist journal Minotaure. These contacts proved useful in 1938 when the nazi authorities finally declared Bellmer to be a ‘degenerate artist’ and he was forced to flee to Paris where he lived for the remainder of his life.

The Galerie Berinson exhibition is a fantastic chance to see the dollies in the original home here in Babylon on the Spree!

Galerie Berinson GmbH
Auguststraße 22

Dienstag bis Samstag 12 bis 18 Uhr

The Dannenbaums

lived on Alt Moabit until they were deported and lost in Auschwitz. These ‘stumbling stones’ were placed in front of their home in Moabit by artist Gunter Demnig whose Stolpersteine Projekt has installed over 9000 such memorials across Germany in the memory of those who were murdered during the Holocaust. Stones can be sponsored for 95 euros – think Ahmadinejad might be interested?

Berlin Gift #2 – Marlene Dietrich

From the mean streets of Berlin’s Schoeneberg district, Marlene Dietrich’s star rose to cinematic immortality. Within weeks of her premiere as a sultry film siren she was already in Hollywood working on Gary Cooper and an Oscar nomination at the same time. The Blue Angel, Blonde Venus and Flame of New Orleans brought a generation of red blooded he-men to their knees and was named one of AFI’s ‘Greatest Female Stars of All Time‘. Here is her screen test for her first peformance, as the femme fatale Lola Lola in Josef von Sternberg’s 1929 masterwork ‘The Blue Angel‘.

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It took a little over a year since we reported on it, but on 21st January, 2007 will be a referendum on renaming parts of Kochstraße (along the building) into -Straße.

Eligible to take part in this referendum are all Friedrichshainians and Kreuzbergians of legal age!

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