Berlin Stories: Day 3

Today the students visited the Mauerpark flea market, located on Bernauer Strasse.

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The market is home to an eclectic selection of stalls where you can buy everything from bike parts and badges, 1950s cutlery sets and faded jigsaws, new and vintage clothes, DDR memorabilia, cats on strings, banana telephones and record players, bibles, watering cans and vinyl.

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As the smell of malt wine lingers in the breeze, the ice sheets formed on the pathway presented the only challenge of the day.

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Leaving the gates of Mauerpark for the train station presented new opportunities to capture the aesthetics of the district. Once there, amongst the relaxed ambiance of the commuter hub, the train doors opened to the sounds of Berlin.

Field recording: [audio http://vocaroo.com/i/s0JqhTX1UkJO]

Images: Karl Child, Joshua Payne

Words & Audio: James Whitehead

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Berlin Stories: Tueufelsburg

From the Rubble of World War Two began project ‘Devil Mountain’; the spy tower – Tueufelsburg – built by the US with compliance from the UK to hack and transfer USSR intelligence.

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Built in 1955, Tueufelsburg represented a hostile epoch in the cold war era. Stepping out of the train station began a twenty minute walk to the top of devil’s mountain, entering the security checkpoint we were open to roam the space of the US/UK spy tower, now abandoned and decorated with art.

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As we explored the second floor, we came across the only room present, an enclave upon a floor littered with cracks and holes. The room was an attempt by a local businessman to transform Tueufelsburg into a multi-functional hotel and company enterprise. Followed were protests and demonstrations to halt plans for the commercialisation of one of the many iconic symbols not only of Berlin, but of the Cold War era.

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Images: Jonny Boxall, Grace Cappy, Josh Payne

Words: James Whitehead