Berlin 12-19-2016

Berlin has changed a lot since I grew up there, in the western part of the then divided city. Here are some pictures I took in 1991, already only a visitor, after the Wall.

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The first one is a view from the Teufelsberg, the Devil’s Mountain, an artificial hill made from the rubble after the Second World War. This is one way to get rid of ruins.

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I like to revisit places, and therefore I like it when ruins are being kept. This one, the ruin of the the Anhalter Bahnhof, close to the Wall, used to be surrounded by unused land. It is one of the key places in Wim Wender’s film Wings of Desire. Another most important place in the film is yet another ruin, the Ged√§chtniskirche below. I took the picture from the top of the Europa Center, closed to visitors now, maybe because of the film.

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These are all summer pictures. In December 2008, 8 years ago almost to the day, I tried to capture this view again. You can see the traditional Christmas Market at the foot of the two churches.

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It is a good thing that we cannot see into the future.


In Memoriam, 12-19-2016.

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