Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Soho Haus - Kaufhaus Jonaß

This building, which today is a exclusive hotel/club, has a very long a strong history and it's the perfect example of how a building in Berlin can change it use in history and in the end finish to be all another thing and also how people can pass by a place, without assume that it has such a history behind.

The history starts in 1929, when it was built as credit department, then with the Nazi laws against Jews, it became the building of the Hitlerjugend (Hitler Youth).

After the Second World War, the building was the seat of the Central Committee of the SPD (Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands), then in the house was established the Institute of Marxism-Leninism of the Central Committee of the SED.

After the fall of the wall, the institutions were dissolved and transferred the documents in the Federal Archives. The property stood empty since 1995, then it was transferred back is 1996 to a Jewish community of heirs.

More infos: WIKI (in German).

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