The history of Berlin

What makes Berlin different from other European cities? Why was the city built so late? How did Berliners live with the Wall? A short history with many illustrations, of Frederick the Great playing the flute, the Roaring Twenties, the Nazi torchlight parade, Goebbels calling for total war, the airlift.

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Checkpoint Carlie 

Every tourist attraction has a solid historical background: kidnappings, breakthroughs and espionage. Here the world stood on the cliff of the Third World War – the tank confrontation on 27 October 1961 froze the blood in the veins of Berliners and the world. Russian and American tanks faced directly each other.

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1945 in Berlin

The book shows Berlin at the worst moment in its history. How the city is conquered and more than 200,000 people perish in the last days of the „Third Reich“; how Hitler stands in front of the Führerbunker; how the army surrenders, the rubble women clear away the rubble and life sprouts again.

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Berlin city Palace (Stadtschloss)

Das Berliner Stadtschloss

Can you build what was gone? The result is great! Everything about the new Berlin Palace: compact and detailed at the same time. Comprehensively visualized with more than 200 historical images, aerial photos, plans, 3D graphics, alternative designs and construction site photos.

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Nazi Propaganda Posters

Hitler’s propaganda mobilized millions. It was omnipresent. Goebbels: „Did the National Socialist movement come to power through the theoreticians – or through the propagandists?“ He brought in the best advertising artists. The most extensive collection of Nazi posters. Cruelly effective.

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The Führer Bunker

This book shows where the bunker was located and what stands at its site today. It illuminates the construction history of the cement cave, captures the drama of Hitler’s downfall through eyewitness accounts and dispels the myths surrounding the bunker. Kellerhoff is the best bunker historian.

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DVD: Who was Hitler

The most comprehensive film about Adolf Hitler – seven and a half hours. His biography has never been told like this before. Original quotations from diaries, speeches, letters and autobiographies, assembled with new, often unpublished archive material – half in colour. Without contemporary witnesses, without historians.

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DVD: All about Berlin

Three films about Berlin on one DVD by Berlin expert and historian Wieland Giebel: The Making of Berlin – the history of the city from the beginning until today. The Berlin Wall 1961-1989 from the material of the city archive. Berlin today, how the metropolis became so hip. Extensive bonus material.

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DDR (GDR) in Color

This is how the GDR really existed, otherwise it would not have been possible to photograph it. Clean, self-confident, full of building pride, with a positive image of man and for a better world. The past was dark, but the future was supposed to be bright. Fake or real? Hard to say. In any case, the photos are impressive.

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The GDR

Jens Schöne goes beyond the history of the GDR that has already been written. His vividly written book is not only about party functionaries, the Stasi and resistance against the illegitimate SED regime, but also about everyday life, „normal“ people, small villages and farmers, so many of whom fled. He is an agricultural historian.

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Where in the World is the Berlin Wall?

To tourists looking for the Wall, we say: „Unfortunately, you are a few decades too late!“ But more than 240 segments of the Berlin Wall can be found in more than 140 countries and on all continents – as well as on Mars. This book goes on the trail of the „emigrated“ Wall with photos and reports.

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The Berlin Wall 1961-1989

On 13 August 1961, West Berlin was surrounded by a 155 km long wall. The three western sectors were separated from the East and the Brandenburg hinterland to stop the ever-increasing flow of emigrants from East Berlin and the GDR. Three million had left, the young, flexible, intelligent ones. Photos and a DVD.

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Adolf Hitler – His life in Photos

Unlike the majority detailed works by other historians, Armin Fuhrer addresses (younger) people with an interest in history who may not be so familiar with the subject. Over 96 pages with more than 200 images, his photo-biography provides a critical overview of Hitler’s political career and the history of the “Third Reich”.

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Berlin Guide 1945

The sights of Berlin described for the occupying soldiers. A historically exceptional city guide for GIs and one for French soldiers from the immediate post-war period – together in one book. With many pictures of the bombed city. Plus a historical local transport map and a trilingual introduction..

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What was the Berlin Wall? (for kids)

A book for children about the Berlin Wall. Spanning the period from the end of the Second World War to the fall of the Berlin Wall, it tells the story of the people whose lives were changed by the Wall, sometimes even destroyed. Why was it built? What was it like to live with the Wall? Who helped to tear it down?

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Map: Berlin 1933-1945, 1945-1989

One side of this city map shows the Nazi era, the other side the Cold War, the Wall era. The map is based on a map from today so that you can find your way around. In addition, the history of both periods is briefly told chronologically in photos and texts. With the museums and memorials today.

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Berlin: Then and now

The metamorphosis of a city: the „old“ Berlin was largely destroyed in the Second World War. The large-format photo book „Berlin – then and now“ invites you on a special kind of journey through time: Immerse yourself in the historic city before it was destroyed – and reappear today, in the new Berlin!

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Three times Berlin

A comparison of history from three times: 100 years ago, last century and today. For example, from the historic Prussian Palace to the Palace of the Republic in the GDR to the construction site of the Humboldt Forum, the new palace, photographed from the air.

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Inside Kreuzberg

„I came from London and only had the phone number of a shared flat – in the middle of squatter times. In the following week I fell in love, witnessed burning police vans, was hit by flying stones, soaked by water cannons, chased by police checkpoints and breathed in lots of tear gas.“ A photo book.

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Zeitenwende – turning point

Berlin1989: „Let the little one take a picture!“ shouted Willy Brandt. He meant Tobias Seeliger, just turned 16 and pushed away from the phalanx of press photographers. Unique photos were taken at his East German school, at the protests against the GDR election fraud, at the large-scale East German demonstrations.

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Berlin Kreuzberg SO36

In 1982, Peter Frischmuth captured the situation photographically when the Wall was still standing and surrounded the western district of Kreuzberg – in 2006, a quarter of a century later and without the Wall, he returned in his own footsteps and drew comparisons. What a transformation!

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Rückblende – Berlin in the 90s

Immediately after reunification, East Berlin was a huge space of possibility: a city centre full of wastelands and vacant buildings with plenty of space for alternative uses. While temporary clubs and galleries used open spaces, countless construction sites announced the change. Before the new came.

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Häuserkampf: Fighting demolition in the 1980s

Lothar Schmid documented the urban war in Berlin in the 1980s. The pictures tell how militant resistance against the demolition of old houses is organised. But they also show conflict solutions. How can the successes of that time be defended today? What can be done to counter the event culture?

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standstill and movement – people in Kreuzberg

Squatters, street parties, reservations. Stone-throwing demonstrators, police, punks. Car wrecks and tear gas. Coal and stove heaters. Headscarves, Jesus, sheep’s wool. Street riots and tear gas. Old women, long hair, crazy children. A book of photographs.

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Murals

For many years, photographer Peter Frischmuth travelled the world to capture extraordinary, fascinating murals in pictures for his large-format book. Frischmuth brings the murals to life through skilful staging with real people in front of them. Do you see real people on this cover?

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Berlin’s change from above

No city in Europe is changing as fast as Berlin – a transformation that is probably unique in recent history. The government quarter, the main railway station, Potsdamer Platz, the Holocaust Memorial or the American Embassy were all built. Everything from the air before, under construction and after.

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The history of Berlin for kids

The history of Berlin for children aged 7 to 12. Can you imagine that where Berlin stands today, there was once nothing? This book is about robbers and pig poop, about wild parties and great battles, about princesses, kings and emperors, about terror under the National Socialists, life at the Wall and the new beginning.

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 My Gorilla has a Villa in the Zoo!

The history of Berlin Zoo from 1844 to the present day. Each of the countless animals that live in Berlin Zoo has its own story to tell. Billy the goat, who demanded a beer every night. Bobby the gorilla who couldn’t sleep without his cuddly toy. Stories of animal friendships, jealous parrots, ravenous tapirs, mischievous emus.

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Cinemas of Berlin

Berlin, the city of film and cinema. This illustrated book raises awareness of the fact that there are so many extraordinary cinemas. Cinema halls in bright colours, halls like a submarine, like a living room, strictly structured or semi-circularly dynamic. Hard like a workshop or soft with cosy snug corners.

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Forgotten friends Berlin

For years, bicycle and owner are inseparable. But one day, the constant companion is missing a wheel or a saddle. The frustrated bicycle owner turns his back on the frame and leaves it to the urban wilderness. Carelessly discarded, left out in the rain, admitted as a spare parts supplier.

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Finding your feet in Berlin

The indispensable guide for all international Berlin conquerors. New York author Giulia Pines, who has been living in Berlin since 2008, takes you by the hand and tells you what to expect as an expat. Her lively and humorous book provides the answers to every existential question.

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Mathematical Berlin

Readers are guided through the center of Berlin leading to places of mathematical interest and providing background information about mathematics in Berlin, mathematical institutions, and many mathematical giants who have worked here. What mathematical sights are there in the city?

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Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg: photography 1990-2018

The district of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg is hip, colourful – and the development of more than two decades is as rapid as it is challenging. Photographs by eight photo artists documenting the transformation of the urban space, which has had a mystical aura since the 1970s.

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100 objects: Berlin in the cold war

One hundred objects from the Cold War tell one hundred stories from politics, the military, culture, business and everyday life in the decades of the East-West conflict – an exhibition at the Allied Museum Berlin. Objects and stories pick up on the close and reciprocal connections during the Cold War.

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