Retracing History at the Remnants of the Berlin Wall

East Side Gallery

Sometimes you go to the Berlin Wall to see it; sometimes it appears unexpectedly as isolated graffiti covered concrete panels in the middle of a plaza or lawn. Sometimes you sense where it used to be as you go from boxy Soviet era buildings to architecture that’s more similar to German cities further west. Each […]

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Photo Essay: East Berlin’s Boulevard of Broken Dreams

captured on memory card

When I was in Oaxaca, I watched the film, The Lives of Others of others with a fellow hosteler. It’s set in Soviet East Berlin in 1984 and it revolves around the life of a writer who is being spied on by the Stasi (East German secret police) and the transformation of the agent who […]

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