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Old February 4th, 2010, 12:20 PM   #1
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Old February 4th, 2010, 12:44 PM   #2
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Great pics! Berlin is fantastic!
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Old February 4th, 2010, 03:48 PM   #3
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Great photos!
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Old February 4th, 2010, 11:19 PM   #4
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Oh Berlin ...
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Old February 5th, 2010, 09:22 AM   #5
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Old February 5th, 2010, 09:39 AM   #6
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Fancy communist apartments


The Karl-Marx-Allee is a monumental socialist boulevard built by the GDR between 1952 and 1960 in Berlin Friedrichshain and Mitte. Today the boulevard is named after Karl Marx.
The boulevard was named Stalinallee between 1949 and 1961 (previously Große Frankfurter Straße), and was a flagship building project of East Germany's reconstruction programme after World War II. It was designed by the architects Hermann Henselmann, Hartmann, Hopp, Leucht, Paulick and Souradny to contain spacious and luxurious apartments for plain workers, as well as shops, restaurants, cafés, a tourist hotel and an enormous cinema (the International).
The avenue, which is 89m wide and nearly 2km long, is lined with monumental eight-storey buildings designed in the so-called wedding-cake style, the socialist classicism of the Soviet Union. At each end are dual towers at Frankfurter Tor and Strausberger Platz designed by Hermann Henselmann. The buildings differ in the revetments of the facades which contain often equally, traditional Berlin motifs by Karl Friedrich Schinkel. Most of the buildings are covered by architectural ceramics.
On June 17, 1953 the Stalinallee became the focus of a worker uprising which endangered the young state's existence. Builders and construction workers demonstrated against the communist government, leading to a national uprising. The rebellion was quashed with Soviet tanks and troops, resulting in the loss of at least 125 lives.
Later the street was used for East Germany's annual May Day parade, featuring thousands of soldiers along with tanks and other military vehicles to showcase the power and the glory of the communist government.
The boulevard later found favour with postmodernists, with Philip Johnson describing it as 'true city planning on the grand scale', while Aldo Rossi called it 'Europe's last great street.'[1] Since German reunification most of the buildings, including the two towers, have been restored.















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Old February 5th, 2010, 10:01 AM   #7
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While I like some of these photos (because I love Berlin), I'm of a differing opinion than you about what I would take photos of. You focus on communist buildings/areas. I despise them. Communist buildings are ugly. Berlin is so much more than that.
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While I like some of these photos (because I love Berlin), I'm of a differing opinion than you about what I would take photos of. You focus on communist buildings/areas. I despise them. Communist buildings are ugly. Berlin is so much more than that.
I am a communist, so of course I am going to focus on communist things
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Old February 5th, 2010, 11:39 AM   #9
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Old February 5th, 2010, 12:42 PM   #10
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Old February 5th, 2010, 01:40 PM   #11
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Great photos of Berlin, as well
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Old February 5th, 2010, 02:58 PM   #12
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Nice captures, with the snow and all. I will prefer to go there when it is warmer though, probably this easter.
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great set of photos. nice pictures of the old buildings like the Reichstag and
the Brandenberg gate. The new modern buildings are beautifully designed and,
I don't know if it's only me who feel that they are identifiable to Berlin.
Thanks anyways for sharing them.

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Old February 6th, 2010, 01:36 PM   #14
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Why the heck is the outside of that building, decorated with that killer and psychopath, Lenin? WTF....
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Why the heck is the outside of that building, decorated with that killer and psychopath, Lenin? WTF....
This is a camp where communists were killed mostly during the nazi regime, what do you expect?
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This is a camp where communists were killed mostly during the nazi regime, what do you expect?
Is it a museum? a camp? or is it a building that pays homage to communists?
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Is it a museum? a camp? or is it a building that pays homage to communists?
It is a concentration camp in East Germany that pays homage to the communists killed (but there were also other kind of people that were killed here)

It's a museum now
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It is a concentration camp in East Germany that pays homage to the communists killed (but there were also other kind of people that were killed here)

It's a museum now

Why would they pay homage to communists? The communist regime despised Germans. Am i missing something? Supposedly people died in this camp, but for some reason, the front of the building is decorated with a psychopathic, genocidal, mass murderer? Is this meant to be ironic?
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Why would they pay homage to communists? The communist regime despised Germans. Am i missing something? Supposedly people died in this camp, but for some reason, the front of the building is decorated with a psychopathic, genocidal, mass murderer? Is this meant to be ironic?
1) East Germany was a communist country and this memorial was build during the communist rule

2) This is an historical event that must be remembered whether you like communists or not
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