Berlin

Roam the City

These are a few photos I took around Berlin over the last few weeks. The first photo was taken at Checkpoint Charlie. The second was taken at a little ‘sign graveyard’ I found in a mall near Alexanderplatz. And the third photo has a story of its own.

I’m very, very, very excited to announce that my mama is coming to visit Germany tomorrow! I’m so thrilled to see her and show her around Berlin! We will also be traveling around Germany for a few days so there won’t be any new posts after this weekend. I’m already preparing my camera for our adventure. I know there will be lots to see and I can’t wait to share it! ๐Ÿ˜€

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My first photo of a Stolperstein (Stumbling Stone). They are a cobblestone-sized memorial for an individual victim of Nazism. They are placed in front of the last residence of the victim.
All stumbling blocks begin with ‘HERE LIVED…’. I stumbled upon the residence where Thiene Feder once lived. She was born in 1867, deported on August 7, 1942, and murdered in Maly Trostinec (extermination camp).
There are over 32,000 Stumbling Stones, not only in Germany, but also in Austria, Hungary, the Netherlands, Belgium, Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine, Italy, and Norway.
After finding out the meaning of these little blocks, I’ve decided to post a photo of any Stolpersteine that I come across. Once I have enough photos, these discovered Stumbling Blocks will have a page of their own.
The artist who came up with this idea and installs these brass plaques says that “a person is only forgotten when his or her name is forgotten”.
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10 thoughts on “Roam the City

  1. A great post – the photo of the stumbling block was very powerful. This is such an effective way to remember a victim of history. The quote from the artist “a person is only forgotten when his or her name is forgotten” is perfectly spot on.

    1. Thank you for the comment! History does kicks ass! ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, I feel that the stumbling blocks are a very effective way to remember victims. It makes me feel a little strange when I see one in front of an apartment building.
      I’m glad you enjoyed my post! =)

  2. Your photo of Checkpoint Charlie is very interesting. I passed from east to west at Checkpoint Charlie back in 1972 when the Soviets still controlled East Germany and East Berlin. I was on foot and all the buildings around there were bombed out and falling down. What a difference!

    1. Wow!! I’m sure it looks completely different since then. I like looking at photos of what Berlin used to look like. This city has so much history! I find information of the Cold War very interesting, it wasn’t so long ago. Thank you for sharing with me, I appreciate it! ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. I have never seen any stumbling stones, didn’t know about them but I like it when history is brought to life in this kind of way. I look forward to seeing more in your future posts.

  4. How interesting! However, I think they should be more than a name. It would be fabulous to find out the history of each person named on the stones you photograph.

  5. You are bringing an intriguing perspective to Berlin with your eye for interesting details. Looking forward to see and learn more about my city and country!

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