Europe 1979 – #6 Follow Up – Berlin Blunder

Anhalter Bahnhof
1979

I made a mistake.

I remembered wrong. The picture above is not the front wall of a church. And despite my efforts to find the location on Google maps without success, what was there in 1979 still stands today.

This building in the picture is what remains of what once was the Anhalter Bahnhof, a very prominant and important train station in Berlin. The Anhalter Bahnhof was one of three train stations which transported elderly Jews to a transit camp. More than 50,000 Jews went through three train stations on a journey which ultimately led to their deaths.

The Anhalter Bahnhof was damaged during the bombings of World War II. In 1960, it was demolished except for the part which still stands today.

To see a better picture of the building and to read a bit more about its history, click here.

Since my original post contained misinformation, I would appreciate it if you would read this article. It is not very long. The significance of this structure should never be forgotten.

The sculptures entitled “Day” and “Night”, mentioned in the article above and which have been moved to a museum, were still part of what remained of the Anhalter Bahnhof in 1979.

I’d like to thank Suzassippi of Suzassippi’s Lottabusha County Chronicles for providing this factual and important information.

I apologize for the mistake.

11 comments

  1. Betty, as you well know, I misremember, too. (Like last week on the Thousand Islands Bridge, for example.) It was curiosity that sent me on the search, because I have never been to Germany or Berlin, and I wanted to see what you had seen when you were 20. I have no idea how I would have reacted, but I am glad you are posting this trip.

    It was really pure luck this time that I was able to find this, as you already know from trying to research the site yourself. I just kept putting in terms, like Berlin churches bombed in WWII, and the street names you gave. Street names change of course, but eventually, the street name led me to a photo image of a bombed street in Berlin. It was not this street, but when I searched the terms, it led me to an loc.gov link of the same photo, which gave the name as slightly different–it might have changed, or it might have been that as you noted, you were unsure of the exact spelling. Those are tiny little street names in the photograph!

    Searching under the corrected street name and the term ‘aerial view of WWII bombed sites’ led me to a wikipedia item in German of the site, so I could compare the photo with yours. While I cannot read German, the search under the name in German sent me to other sites that enabled me to learn it was the train station.

    If not for the great folks at Preservation in Mississippi over the years who corrected my many mistakes in identifying locations when I first started my history journey, I would not have improved the abilities I have now.

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    • I would say it was more than pure luck that you found this information. It was skilled persistance. I am glad I am posting this trip, too. I am learning and relearning information. And I am honing my research skills a bit. Thanks for all the ways you support my blog.

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    • The mistake does embarass me, but I just have to acknowledge it, learn what I can and move forward. I put notes on the actual slides right after my trip, but this slide did not have anything written on it. Thank you for the respect.

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  2. No problem, I have never been to Berlin, but I have seen many pictures. the famous bombed church is Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. which still stands now like that as far as I know. It has been a long time since 1979.

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    • I appreciate your understanding. In my research for that post, I did read about the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. Perhaps our tour guide talked about that; I don’t know how my brain filled in the blanks. Perhaps it was another reason. On most of my slides, I wrote on the actual slide what is was. I did this shortly after the trip. For some reason, there are a few I didn’t write on. This one was one of those. Thank you for your comment, and I hope you have a good day.

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