The new Old State Library

State Library Construction Site Much has been said about the longest and largest construction site in Berlin: the new BER airport. In the meantime, it is in operation, albeit more poorly than well. Another major construction site has taken at least as long. For 16...

Jewish Congregations in Philadelphia

Homeward It was great to come home this May and walk the streets of Philadelphia again. Virtually, at least. I have felt very connected to the city with its long immigration history since I immigrated there myself with my family, at least for a year, in June 2007....

The Column of the Prisoners

The column Since 2000, a stele made of basalt lava, wrapped in a heavy, rusty chain, has stood in Berlin-Lichterfelde at Wismarer Strasse 26-36 on the Teltow Canal. This Column of Prisoners by the Rhineland-Palatinate sculptor Günther Öllers (1925-2011) commemorates a...

Oppressive Architecture: the Nazi Hulk

Images and memory It’s still winter and corona lockdown in Berlin. So there are not many opportunities to go to places other than one’s own desk. What would we be in such times without the power of memory and without our memory aids: in the visual age...

Holocaust Remembrance

Today Today, January 27th, is the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust. It was established in 2005 by the United Nations (UN), which thus took up the day of remembrance of the victims of Nazism. It has been marked in Germany since 1997, on...

SA Prison Papestrasse

The Way to the Memorial This memorial site in Berlin’s Tempelhof district is at once one of the least known and one of the most impressive.I have known Papestrasse for a long time, because the Südkreuz station was called Papestrasse before it was converted into...