Berlin, June 1990: Familiar and Distant
Chaotic scene at Brandenburg Gate, viewed from eastern side in June 1990 (photo: Mary Ford).
Not long after the fall of the Berlin Wall, tours of the East Bloc, which only months earlier had very limited mass appeal, were suddenly in great demand as visitors from the western world descended to explore the treasures of a culturally rich part of the world which had previously been out of reach. Two of these were Mary and Ann Ford, nurses from Ontario, Canada and avid travelers during their vacations. The photos in this post are taken from trip they took to Central Europe in June of 1990 and I enjoy them for how they present a Berlin (mainly) that is both familiar and distant.
View into East Berlin from Reichstag, International Trade Centre is highrise to the right.
Berlin TV Tower as seen from Friedrichstrasse / Dorotheenstrasse.
View of S-Bahn traveling into East Berlin along River Spree, near Reichstag.
Statue of Kasier Friedrich the Great on East Berlin’s promenade, Unter den Linden.
Memorial to vicitms of the Berlin Wall, near Reichstag in West Berlin.
Side street with view of S-Bahn bridge in Berlin Mitte.
The Eastside Gallery with murals by artists from around the world.
Eastside Gallery II
Eastside Gallery III
Tour group’s Berlin accomodations: Hotel Metropol (Bild und Heimat, 1990).
West Berlin’s Europa Centre and the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church
GDR-era tram in central East Berlin.
Dresden: the ruins of Our Lady Church (Frauenkirche), left as a war memorial by the ruling Party.