When I turned 23, I felt the urge to know every detail about the history of Berlin. The next two years, I’ve visited and researched many places of historic importance throughout the German capital. This blog was the result of full-time reading, thinking and writing.
Now that I’m 10 years older, wiser and more experienced as a historian – I’m looking back to the work I’ve done. Sometimes, I feel pretty proud of the work the 10-year younger me has done. And I’m not saying such things lightly. (-:
As an ode to the old blog, I’m visiting the places I wrote about 10 years ago. Today, I reflect on the 4 articles I wrote in October 2012.
#2: Gedenkstätte Plötzensee
When I started as a blogger, I had a hard time finding places to write about. More than any other place, the Gedenkstätte Plötzensee reminds me of this start. I found it in a Dutch travel guide that would translate as Berlin for experienced visitors. Thanks!
Time hasn’t been standing still at the Gedenkstätte Plötzensee. Visiting the site is more recommended than ever, now that there is a permanent exhibition that came out really well. The Gedenkstätte’s website is a good start for a visit.
The Teufelsberg is a dear place to me. Like many people, I got to know the place because it was abandoned. Visiting it was a thrill – making beautiful memories with friends. Later, I used the Teufelsberg (and spionage in general) as a topic for a course at the university. After all, I’ve studied Duitslandstudies (basically: MA German History) at the University of Amsterdam. After writing the blog-post, I got to know two colleagues who’ve been organising guided tours at the Teufelsberg around 2013/4. I kind-a regret I didn’t jump into that opportunity…
#4: Luisenstädtischer Kanal
For me, my post about the Luisenstädtischer Kanal was a breakthrough! Coming out of nowhere, I felt like I had discovered a topic for the blog myself. It made an impact on me that there is a park in the middle of the city, that no one seems to understand. I was lucky that I found an extensive and detailed book about this park. After writing about it, I’ve walked here countless of times. On a more critical note, my original text really needed an edit. (-:
#5: Attempts to assassinate Wilhelm I
There was something unusual about this article. Although it’s written in an acceptable way (and the topic deserves a few marks for originality!) the post is not the highlight of the blog. The events were hard to link to exact locations. Also, the events deals with topics in history that I never really mastered. I mean, I never became an expert in the German Empire (1871-1918). Ten years ago, I missed the opportunity to show the axe that beheaded Max Hödel. Honestly, I never took the effort to visit the Märkisches Museum until now, for the re-post! And I found out, that the axe is no part of the exhibition anymore. That means, there is nothing now that reminds of these attempts to kill the Kaiser.