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Old August 2nd, 2011, 05:32 AM   #1
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Destroyed German Church

When I was a kid back in the early 1980s, I remember a magazine article featuring a church that was destroyed in Germany. It was in the no-man's land between East and West and the East Germans blew the church up with dynamite. As I recall, it was featured on the cover of the magazine, with a picture showing the remains of the tower sitting on the hillside. I think it was a well-known magazine like Time or Newsweek, but I've never been able to find the article, despite looking many times over the years. Does anyone know what I'm talking about? Please bear in mind, I was only about 5 or 6 at the time(around 1985ish), so my memory may be a bit faulty (though I know I'm not making it up as my mother remembers it too.) Thanks!
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Old August 2nd, 2011, 11:54 AM   #2
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Yes, the destroyed church was the "Versöhnungskirche" at Bernauer Strasse in Berlin.

The church was destroyed in 1985. There is an memorial now at this place and the new "Kapelle der Versöhnung".

More about it here (sadly only in german)

http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vers%C3...(Berlin-Mitte))

Last edited by erbse; August 2nd, 2011 at 12:41 PM. Reason: corrected link :)
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Old August 3rd, 2011, 03:45 AM   #3
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Source: http://www.gelbmann.de/Fotos_Berlin.php



Source: http://www.kirche-versoehnung.de/



Source: http://www.tagesspiegel.de/berlin/ge...e/1667982.html

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Old August 4th, 2011, 03:11 PM   #4
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Thank you both for the information. Yes, this is the church I was thinking of. For some reason, I remembered it being in the countryside, but it makes more sense in the city. It wasn't the most spectacular church, but it was nice and it's a shame it was destroyed.
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Old August 4th, 2011, 10:09 PM   #5
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So sad
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Old August 5th, 2011, 05:16 AM   #6
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Why they did this???........
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Old August 5th, 2011, 10:25 AM   #7
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The fate of this church is actually nothing special. Hundreds of churches were destroyed in the last 50 years in Germany, mostly due to open pit mining... and some of them were far more valuable than this church.
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The destruction of so many of the absolutely stunning german churches (during and after the war) is a disgrace in any case.
It´s the damn destructors that should have been destroyed!
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Old August 5th, 2011, 10:57 AM   #9
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If you're interested in the topic of destructed East German churches, check this site:

www.kirchensprengung.de


But beware: It's a really sad sight.
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Old August 5th, 2011, 12:06 PM   #10
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The church was demolished for the Berlin wall, you can see it on the pictures, today there is a museum and a small peace of the wall.
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Old August 6th, 2011, 09:42 PM   #11
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I integrated pics of this church in my video about the gdr:

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The destruction of so many of the absolutely stunning german churches (during and after the war) is a disgrace in any case.
It´s the damn destructors that should have been destroyed!
Versohnungskirche was destroyed due it's ultimate proximity to the border wall, which caused security concerns. With it's front portal being bricked off as part of the border wall, the church was rendered useless. And as both of the political players didn't intend to solve this church issue, let alone the border issue overall in 1985, the destruction of the church was in my opinion the only fitting option.

Another reason for the destruction of spiritual places was the general fall of religious belief in the GDR, where atheism at times reached 40%, while christians used to refrain from going to church regularly aswell. Many churches far exceeded their remaining congregation in capacity or had none at all. As churches are hard to convert to other uses, the most fitting solution was to destroy them, as i see it. The costs of maintenance far exceeded the monetary power of the GDR.
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