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Some History from Kreuzberg…

KREUZBERGED BERLIN

RESTAURANT "ZUR LINDE" AT KOTTBUSSER TOR IN BERLIN-KREUZBERG (mid-19th century) RESTAURANT “ZUR LINDE” AT KOTTBUSSER TOR IN BERLIN-KREUZBERG (mid-19th century)

This small restaurant or rather an inn used to stand on the corner of Skalitzer- and Admiralsstrasse 38 in SO36 at the old Kottbusser Tor.

It was an important meeting point for the members of the social-democratic and/or workers´ movement in Berlin. After the so called Socialists Laws were introduced in Prussia in 1878 – they made official meetings of the Social Democrats illegal – the members sought refuge and quiet space for discussions in many of Kreuzberg´s “Kneipen”.

Unfortunately, the spies and traitors made sure that such gatherings didn´t go unnoticed and unpunished. “Zur Linde” was raided during one such meeting, the owner arrested along with some of the participants and the restaurant closed down.

Soon it was demolished and removed along with the Gesellschafts Haus standing right behind it. Today the space is occupied by the 1950´s architecture…

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If you don’t dance – No Romance!

Noch einmal ein Musikpost. Ohne Frage, das Lied ist genial, aber das Video dazu noch viel, viel genialer. Diese Mimiken, dieser Glamour! Manchmal, wenn ich mir schwarz-weiss Filme anschaue, dann scheinen die Darstellungen der Schauspieler so entrückt, so fern der Zeit. Aber hier empfinde ich das gar nicht so, die Mimiken sind so fein und doch so sprachgewaltig. Es ist mir, als wollte ich in den Steam schlüpfen und mittanzen!

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