Three nights in Berlin, our first visit. A few specific targets identified beforehand, Kindertransport, Marx and Engels and the Bathers on the Spree River. Apart from that, several places we intended to visit and whatever else is encountered along the way.
No GT snaps were snapped in the museum for obvious reasons: the only GT image is the exterior. The exterior shot at the top of the page is a composite stitched from Fuji X100 images, the second version is an iPhone panorama with the only processing being the lightening of the "box" where GT was sitting.
A few items within the museum were photographed, notably a very dark room full of crosses and crucifixes. This was by means of iPhone panoramas with a subsequent curves adjustment in Photoshop. Panoramas don't suit themselves to the format of this site where images are processed and displayed by width.
Cat. 2,600-04. Quote from the Rough Guide to Berlin.
A phenomenal silver fortress in the midst of residential streets once levelled by wartime bombing, the Jüdisches Museum … is one of Berlin's most exciting pieces of architecture. The building's uncomfortable angles and severe lines create a disturbed and uneasy space to mirror the difficult story portrayed inside: that of the history and culture of German Jewry.
The extraordinary museum building is by Daniel Libeskind. The ground floor is in the form of a compressed lightning bolt (intended as a deconstructed Star of David), while the structure itself is sheathed in polished metallic facing, with windows - or, rather, thin angular slits - that trace geometric patterns on the exterior. Rough Guide to Berlin
Cat. 2,610-13. The London Kindertransport is here. Quote from Walled-in Berlin.
Commemorating the Kindertransport, a close to life-size bronze sculpture Trains to Life – Trains to Death is located directly adjacent to Berlin’s Friedrichstrasse station. It depicts four boys and three girls. Five of the children look in one direction, two in the opposite way, reflecting the contrasting fates of the children. While many were deported to concentration camps, some were saved by the Kindertransport.
Israeli Architect and sculptor Frank Meisler created the “Trains to Life – Trains to Death” sculpture in 2008 and donated it to the city of Berlin. He himself had travelled with a 1939 children’s transport from Berlin’s Friedrichstrasse to England. He created three other sculptures along the children’s route to safety: The “Kindertransport – the departure” memorial in Danzig, Poland, the “Kindertransport – the arrival” sculpture at Liverpool Street Station in London and the “Channel of Life” memorial at Hoek van Holland, Rotterdam. walled-in-berlin.com
Cat. 2,620-22. Quote from Wikipedia.
The Brandenburg Gate (German: Brandenburger Tor) is an 18th-century neoclassical monument in Berlin, built on the orders of Prussian king Frederick William II after the (temporarily) successful restoration of order during the early Batavian Revolution. One of the best-known landmarks of Germany, it was built on the site of a former city gate that marked the start of the road from Berlin to the town of Brandenburg an der Havel, which used to be capital of the Margraviate of Brandenburg.Wikipedia