Sonntag, 26. Januar 2014

History in Charlottenburg

There is hardly a corner in Berlin that doesn't say it's own story. Especially in Charlottenburg, on the small streets where not many people are walking those days. The curious historian and the fast journalist in me, with the help of my camera, are helping me to get more interesting stories.
Take, for instance, this relatively quiet corner.
Till 1933, this street was called Wallstrasse, after 1933, Maikowskistrasse and since 1947 - till now - Zillerstrasse. In the 1930s, it used to be a center of resistance against national-socialism, many of the members being youngsters left unemployed because of the economic crisis. 
On 30 January 1933, during a parade of national-socialists the SS official Maikowski and a police officer, Zanitz, were killed. In retaliation, 52 people, among which 3 women were brought to prison and some of them killed.
At the beginning of February, streets conflicts in this area were common, leading to many arrests.
The memory of those times is mentioned on an explanation, in German, on the walls of a building in the neighbourhood. 

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