Monday, November 26, 2012

Bornholmer Brücke

On 9 November 1989, after West German television stations reported a change in travel regulations that had just been announced by GDR politburo member Günter Schabowski, a growing crowd of East Berliners started collecting at the checkpoints on the border to West Berlin. They wanted to take advantage of their new right to travel right away.

The first GDR citizens to show up at the Bornholmer Strasse checkpoint were permitted to leave for West Berlin, although the head of the passport control units had their passports stamped invalid, expatriating the passport holders without their knowledge. As crowds of people continued to arrive, however, this strategy had to be abandoned. Two hours later, the guards “opened the floodgates” and raised the barrier. Over the next hour, around 20,000 people were able to cross the Bösebrücke bridge without being checked. On this night, the peaceful revolution underway in the GDR and the political changes taking place in the countries of Eastern Europe had succeeded in opening the Berlin Wall.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Bethanienturm (Weißsensee)

Located on the Mirbachplatz in Berlin-Weissensee, Bethany church was built because of the considerable increase in the population in New Weissensee in the beginning of 1900.
Named after the place Bethany, the church was designed in a Gothic style, and in 1902 opened in the presence of Emperor Wilhelm II and Empress Augusta Victoria. In honor of the Empress one of the three bells of the church had the name "Auguste Victoria".

During World War II the building was almost completely destroyed, but the 65 meters tower is still there, together with the original bells, 

In late 2007 the Bethanienturm was sold to a Berlin architect and project developer for the purpose of new uses not yet actualized.

The tower is well visible from long distance and different streets corners.

More infos: WIKI (german)

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Berlin in Films

There are a lot of Films which have been set in Berlin and the most famous in this period are related with Ostalgie (nostalgia for aspects of life in East Germany).

Very famous are Der Himmel über Berlin (by Win Wenders), Goodbye Lenin, Sonnenallee and Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others), as well as Lola Rennt (Run Lola Run).

Ostkreuz (very drammatic, directed in 1991),  Sommer vorm Balkon (1994), Berlin Am Meer (2008), Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei (2004), Boxhagener Platz (quite hard to understand for the strong dialect dialogues).


Some of those films will never be translated and will never leave germany, but if you live in Berlin, they can help you to understand where do you live and the history behind this city.

Here there's a complete list: WIKI (english) and WIKI (german)