Friday, January 31, 2014

Former Telefunken-werk and Mc Nair-Kaserne (Lichterfelde)

This buildings, now under renovations to become appartments (like the military structures in East), were home of the Mc Nair-Kaserne, hosting 3000 US-american soldiers.
But before the WWII, these buildings were part of the Telefunken. Built in 1937/40 by architect Hans Hertlein, from 1938 to 1945 there serve as development and production, but also corporate office and main factory. The main building is marked out by its Clock Tower.

More infos: WIKI (german)

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Monday, January 27, 2014

The Three Soviet Memorials - Ehrenmal

The Battle of Berlin was the final major offensive of the European Theatre of WII, with more then 2 millions Russians soldiers of the Red Army to capture the city.
At the end of this Battle the Red Army losts 80.000 soldiers and more then 200.000 reported wounded or sick during the operational period (more soldiers died for wounds till 1956).
In the beginning they were buried in local graves and mass graves all around the city, but then they've found final rest in bigger places.
This places are now full restored and they serve as burial place and as mausoleums for the Red Army. These places had a double meaning: celebrate the soldiers and the powerful of the Soviets. It was really important to them to give rest to the soldiers who have fighted against the Nazis and on the other side was really important to create cult places to celebrate the Motherland (they've been built in a period when all around the city was mostly destroyed and full of debris).

Among these, there are also other smaller russian memorials in Berlin and also in Potsdam.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Event: Grüne Woche 17-26 January (Messe)

The Grüne Woche (Internation Green Week) is a very important and popular fair in Berlin Messe from 17th to 26th January. Although is not very popular among the expat, it's very popular among the germans, they come from all around Germany to look at it.

"Established in 1926, International Green Week (IGW) is taking place for the 79th time in 2014. The IGW is a one-of-a-kind international exhibition for the food, agricultural and horticultural industries. At the same time, the IGW is the point of origin for the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) with more than 80 departmental ministers. Producers from all over the world come to IGW to test market food and luxury items and reinforce their brand image. Following consumer trends, regional sourcing plays an increasingly important role. Renewable resources, organic agricultural and products, Fair Trade, rural development and gardening continue to gain importance at International Green Week.
The IGW also features commercial and non-commercial agricultural, forestry, and landscaping exhibits. Changing annual themes typically include such topics as renewable resources or scientific livestock breeding and production. These trade show elements are of particular interest to those involved in the developing markets of central and eastern Europe."

Among all these considerations, the fair itself is a mix of different things: for sure is a place where you can eat food from all around germany and all around the world. There's a part dealing with agriculture and animals, milk and tools, flowers and enviroment, but half of it is just but food.

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