Geschichte

26/04/89: Honecker about Hungary/über Ungarn


Text auf deutsch Honecker loosing his grip on reality Just days before the border between Austria and Hungary is opened, Erich Honecker, chairman of the Zentralkomitee (Central Committee) of the Socialist Unity Party (SED) is worried about the situation with his neighbours. Using a language that’s equally stinted and oldschool he rambles on and on weiter…

05/04/89 30 Years Later: Runder Tisch/Round Table in Polen


Text auf deutsch A new form of political dialogue At the end of the 1980s a rather new approach was making its first appearances on the stage of international high-stakes policy-making: the Round Table.  The basic idea today seems so simple, yet nobody really understood the terminology: get all stake holders together and sit them weiter…

03/04/89 30 Years Later: No more shooting/Aufhebung des Schießbefehls


Text auf deutsch The order that never was The legal processing of the order to shoot at the Berlin Wall has been a breaking test for the unified society that was just about to emerge. A lot has been left unsaid and buried deep in some archive. Bit by bit proof and details regarding the order weiter…

21/03/89 The soviet army shrinks/Truppenreduzierung der Sowjets


A step towards independence A key factor leading to the revolution in 1989 is Michail Gorbatschow’s doctrine, that the „brother states“ of the Warzsaw Pact will be responsible for their own destiny, meaning a) the Soviet Union won’t stand in the way of national reforms, but it b) won’t help against people „with contra-revolutionary“agendas (read: weiter…

08/03/89 Winfried Freudenberg the last victim/das letzte Opfer


Deutsch Flight and Crash with a DIY balloon The story of Winfried Freudenberg’s life, flight and death is a tragic example of East-German ingenuity. Born in 1956 he later studies electrical engineering in Illmenau where he meets his future wife Sabine, a chemist. Even though thouroughly rooted in their community they had difficulties accepting, that weiter…

05/02/89 Chris Gueffroy: der letzte Erschossene/the last one shot


©Stefan Richter: Weisses Kreuz zur Erinnerung an Chris Geoffroy in der Nähe des Berliner Reichstages

Deutsch Chris Gueffroy: The last victim of the „shooting order“ On February 5th 1989 Chris Gueffroy was shot at the Berlin Wall. He was the last victim of the „shooting order“ and the overall penultimate victim that lost his life trying to leave the GDR to find a better life for himself. Chris was a weiter…

18. Januar ’89: „The wall will still be standing in a 50 and 100 years“


Deutsch Honecker’s prophesy Erich Honecker was the most powerful politician in the GDR for nearly 20 years. What many people don’t know, even before he became 1st secretary of the Central Commitee of the ruling Socialist Party – SED – he shaped the history of his country. After spending more than two years in Moscow weiter…

The Berlin Cathedral


Oh Jesus, that's the lord right there.

The emperor’s church The Berlin cathedral („Berliner Dom“ in German) is Germany’s largest protestant church although you couldn’t tell by just looking at it. Visitors often mistake it for a catholic place of worship due to the overabundance of decorative elements. The other common misconception considers its age. On our Sightseeing tours, like Berlin’s Best weiter…

AEG Versuchstunnel


AEG Versuchstunnel im Berliner Ortsteil Gesundbrunnen/Wedding

Vom 1. U-Bahntunnel Deutschlands Im vergangenen Dezember haben wir uns zu Weiterbildungszwecken in den Berliner Untergrund begeben. Auf Einladung der sehr engagierten und mit unfassbar viel Fachwissen ausgestatteten Kollegen vom Verein Berliner Unterwelten, haben wir uns den ersten echten U-Bahntunnel Deutschlands angeschaut, den sogenannten AEG Versuchstunnel. Getroffen haben wir uns auf dem ehemaligen AEG-Gelände im weiter…

Teufelsberg radar station


From top-secret NSA field station to street art mekka [TL;DR] In the middle of Grunewald forest is a former US Army intelligence facility that has been turned into a big adventure playground for artists. If you have any love for the beauty of decay and for art, this is your place and you should definitely weiter…