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THE BERLINS

A LAURIER ASSOCIATION FOR LIFELONG LEARNING COURSE

Berlin, Germany - a city that is a conglomeration of neighbourhoods, cultures, histories, and styles. Students went on a virtual tour of some of these "Berlins." This page summarizes each "tour" and provides some resources, links, and further information.

This page was created in November 2017 and will remain online at least until June 2018.


Resources

Books about Berlin

  • Faust's Metropolis. A History of Berlin by Alexandra Richie (1998). A comprehensive overview of the city's history, with a lot of attention paid to the 20th century.  
  • Berlin and Its Culture. A Historical Portrait by Ronald Taylor (1998). The focus here is on culture, but not all aspects of Berlin's rich cultural heritage get equal time.
  • A New York Times review of Faust's Metropolis and Berlin and its Culture
  • Berlin. Portrait of a City through the Centuries by Rory MacLean (2014). Written by a travel writer, it's a bit "breezier" than Richie's history.
  • Berlin Now. The City After the Wall by Peter Schneider (2014). Schneider is a German journalist and fiction writer who has written about Berlin since the 1970s. 
  • A New York Times review of Berlin. Portrait of a City and Berlin Now

CITY OF MEMORY, MOST OF IT BAD

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

Stolpersteine

Wir waren Nachbarn / We were neighbours

Places of Remembrance memorial

Book-burning Memorial



City of Kings and emperors

The Hohenzollern Family in Berlin-Mitte

The Hohenzollern Family in Berlin-Charlottenburg

The Hohenzollern Family in Potsdam