History, Ideology, Beauty, Evil, Old and New meet in Berlin sometimes not as successfully as we would hope but then again they do come together.
In Old it was capital of the Prussians who where warlike but were religiously tolerant then the came the World War 1 and then it became the seat od the Nazis still war like and very bonkers.
Anyways, here is the Berlin Photo Diary as always followed with some commentary.
This one of the street performances I witnissed - wandering around the streets of Berlin.
This a collage of pictures I've taken of the Holocaust Mahnmal Berlin or the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. It's a large memorial covering 1900 sqr meters consisting of large concrete blocks 2.38m long, 0.95m wide and or varying height. As the pictures shows you the memorial is very modern in it's context but old in it's message. The blocks start off small and steadily increase in height before they steady down again - Peter Eisenman, the architect is trying to symbolize the intensity of the Nazi campaign . Walking through the memorial one get a feeling being lost in a large concrete maze - a feeling a good reminder of what many a child must have felt being separated from his family on his way to a concentration camp. But the Holocaust Mahnmal Berlin hasn't been with controversy many accuse of it of forgetting the other victims of the Nazi purges such as the roma people, homosexuals, pacifist and communists.
This a picture of The Fernsehturm (German for "Television Tower"), a sight you'll be accustomed to seeing when you're in Berlin. It's located in what was originally East Berlin. The Socialist Unity Party which governed East Germany wanted to build something large and shiny to show that East was better and the end product is the Fernsehturm.
The Berlin Wall. This is a section of the wall which is preserved as a gallery. It has many beautiful murals, politically motivated and otherwise most of which has been vandalized by tourists who want to leave their mark. I even say a Jai Hind somewhere.Here are some pics.
Here a soviet propaganda mural - a friend tells me this kind of art now is called socialist realism.Personifying the communist dream - well we all know the reality.
Most Berlin was destroyed in the war and what came up afterwards sometimes is very modern. Architecture one doesn't see in India atleast allot of glass and sky.
I'll leave you with this shot - a picture I took at a Saturday morning flea market.
Here's some of my older Photo Diaries -