Reflected tears


In Berlin's divided days this building was known to East Germans as the Tränenpalast or Palace of Tears. Before the wall went up, East and West Berliners could easily travel through the city via the Friedrichstraße station. In fact, many East Germans used the S-bahn to escape into the West. Once the wall went up, visitors were forced to leave the Soviet Sector through this departure hall which became the scene of many sad farewells. Today it's a museum where East Germans have given first-hand accounts of what it was like to use this departure hall or how they escaped. It is really interesting and well-done and the most amazing part is that it's free! 

I am glad Friday is finally here! I hope you've got something exciting planned for the weekend. I am going to see a classical music concert at the Franzosicher Dom and I'll definitely be bringing my camera! Be sure to visit Weekend Reflections to see more reflections from around the world.

19 comments:

  1. Another fascinating post. We are learning about a painful time in Germany's history.

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  2. this is interesting,
    i wish I got to see what's inside when I was there.
    I hope you can post a bit about it. ^0^

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  3. Enjoy the concert!

    Hard to believe it's been twenty five years since that momentous fall.

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  4. This is fascinating! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  5. One place I still have to visit...

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  6. The wall had only just come down when I was there last so I have missed a lot. http://spudsdailyphoto.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/the-wall.html

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  7. Sounds like a very interesting place to visit.

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  8. I had not heard of this place before so thank you. It's a beautiful photo, too. Living through those times was rather frightening as one never knew what to expect. And we heard so many sad stories of people trying to get to the west and not making it.

    Enjoy your concert. It ain't golf, but a gal's gotta do what a gal's gotta do. :))

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  9. wow. what a piece of history.

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  10. Great reflection and thanks for explaining the history. It's fascinating.

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  11. Berlin has so much history and interesting things. Nice reflection!

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  12. I remember when our president Reagan asked for the Wall to be taken down, a powerful memory for those who lived all the years on either side of the Wall. It is good that there is now a museum for the young people to learn about a part of their history for which they had no experience.

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  13. Der Franzoesische Dom am Gendarmenmarkt ist für mich der schönste Platz der Welt! Ich beneide dich um das Konzert…viel Spass!Und das Foto vom Tränenpalast mit Erklärung…super!

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  14. Berlin is one of my favorite german cities. I like to learn everything I can about this town, so thank you for those informations. BTW, I like the reflection here,showing the buildings around.

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  15. Great piece of architecture indeed... Nice choice for the week.

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  16. Sounds like a place not to miss when you're in Berlin. Nice reflection there!

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  17. Great reflection in an interesting building...

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