part of the research for the project Virtuelle Mauer/ReConstructing
the Wall we looked at three sites along the former the Berlin
Wall, examining how the presence of the Wall affected the environment
of the site, its urban development, and the life of the people living
on both sides of the Wall. Each of these densely populated inner city
quarters, cut in half by the Death Strip, developed their own individual
cultures "in the shadow of the Wall" and presented us with engaging
On the basis of our research,
we decided to concentrate on the area between Heinrich-Heine-Strasse
and the Schilling Bridge, described on the main page of the "Site"
link. The other two sites, Lohmuehlen Bruecke and Oderberger
Strasse, are described here with links to further information.
Bruecke [ map ]
In the area around the Lohmuehlen Bridge, a canal formed the border
between Treptow and the West German quarters of Kreuzberg and Neukoelln.
The Death Strip cut across several bridges and then zigzagged down narrow
residential streets. In places residents on East and West could look
across the Death Strip directly into each others' living rooms.
Strasse [ map ]
The intersection of Oderberger, Schwedter, Bernauer and Eberswalder
Streets was one of the few places in East Berlin where the Wall itself
was visible from a normal residential area. (Most residential areas
on the East German side of the Wall were restricted zones that could
only be entered with express permission of the authorities.) Here the
Wall separated West Berlin from the Prenzlauer Berg district, the center
of the underground artistic and political opposition scene in East Berlin.
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