… of course: Berlin Kreuzberg never asked for additional police presence at Kott-busser Tor, a square that rarely sleeps and that often prevails, despite social inequity and drunken Newberliners, here or there. Languages are as multiple as diverse needs and interests may appear throughout age, sex, identity and income. The latter is scarce for some, and futile for others. Police cannot help here, it is family – foreigners – friends who do, at least sometimes.
Listening to Dr. Lena Kreck (PhD, jur, DIE LINKE), Senator for Justice, Diversity and Antidiscrimination, it appears timely to take action against rightwing groups in Germany: according to news these days, Berlin`s Senate plans for disciplinary steps against judge Birgit Mahlmann-Winkelmann, in custody now according to RBB Info radio – Berliners trust their local Government!
NOV 30, 2022, Topography of Terror Documentation Centre in Berlin Niederkirchnerstr.8:
Bill Niven, UK, University Nottingham/former senior Fellow at D-Munich Institute for Contemporary Historical Centre for Holocaust Studies, about Veit Harlan’s propaganda film of 1940:
the venue was packed with an audience of all ages and cultures, listening to Bill`s splendid presentation on whether or not to allow public viewing of JUD SUESS, NS propaganda film of 1940, viewed by 20 million Germans at the time!
My 99-year old friend Dr Inge Keller confirms that this was compulsory for all, being obliged to join large arenas and venues at schools, Universities and industrial premises. With Austrian – German actor Werner Krauss as the main character, audiences adored his charismatic self of being a dedicated Nazi, personally called upon by Hitler for his self-image of why he became an actor with a sadistic touch: … `ein Nazi und ein Schweinehund`.
City walks in and around Berlin will always surprise our visitors from far who wonder how close we are at our nearby forests and parks. No cars needed, all is in reach by public transport, the BVG or any regional means of getting into motion!
It is fun thinking of Lahore, city of noise and cars, food and digital innovation.
While Berliners admire their Alexanderplatz TV Tower in summer, Punjab-based people in Pakistan`s Lahore suffer bad air and lack of meaningful job prospects for young people.
One of the many exceptions to differ in Pakistan is of course music such as … https://soundcloud.com/berlin-to-lahore/beginning-of-love
It is great fun commuting by auto-Rikshaw taxis (so-called ‚ChingChi‘, named after Chinese manufacturer Qingqi). Seated in rapid 3-seaters, I have not yet seen major accidents here that happen between cars, trucks and a motorized Rickshaw that replaced the earlier pulled Rickshaw. Continue reading
Here in Lahore, Pakistan, rarely anybody notices that women in Europe and all over the world play football. It is a pity that games here are mainly followed by the news.
Germany’s recent assault on women in European football has its roots, see https://www.dw.com/en/euro-2022-whats-holding-women-coaches-back/a-62371045
For Europe as such, not much better, see https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/62238520 – wishing great summer days in and around Berlin with #berlinsights
Lahore, not Berlin these days, tells the story of its Walled City around the Fort of Moghul times. Today, this small downtown place hosts some 200 000 inhabitants of
a total of 12 million living in Lahore.
Tourists are of course rare in this heat of 35 – 44 C in July 2022.
The donkey is no longer there since Holy Ramadan has its sacrifices …
Walking with my friend Ayshe whom I had met via NGOs in the field of migration and refuge at Freiwilligen-Agency Berlin Kreuzberg, the story of Berlin’s 1st ‘Ampel’, installed in 1924, refers to the traffic light system of former times. This is as new to her as the entire build-up around cinematic events along Berlinale: https://www.berlinstadtservice.de/xinh/Verkehrsampel_Potsdamer_Platz.html.
We both agreed that the ‘Walk of Stars’ in the middle path crossing Potsdamerstr. looks lousily abandoned – unlike the exhibition these days around “Die Deutschen des 21. Jahrhunderts” :-) = worth walking along and enjoying Potsdamer Platz this way!