Kongresshalle, aka the Pregnant Oyster - a gift from the American people to the Berliners in 1957 or as they say, “Die Kongresshalle wurde 1957 gebaut und ist ein Geschenk des amerikanischen Volkes an das freie Berlin.“ I can remember seeing young boys with their dads releasing small (a foot or two long) sailboats in the beautiful reflecting pools on nice days in the early 60’s. Hochhaus - Located next door to the Zoo Palast where Francoise Arnoul and Bernhard Wicki took top billing in Die Katze. The movie was produced in 1957 and dealt with the 1943/44 time period when a French Resistance fighter was killed by the Germans and his wife became a leader of the Resistance known as Die Katze (Arnoul). She then meets and falls in love with a Swiss Journalist (Wicki) who is actually a German Officer. She is killed by her own people who mistakenly thought her to be a traitor. Oh my, those were the times. Ernst Reuter Platz - Located a few blocks from the Zoo and the Ku-damm. Ernst Reuter, a long time politician, became mayor of Berlin during a critical time. He was persecuted by the National Socialists and immigrated to England, then on to Turkey, and returned after the War to serve as mayor. He became known as a symbol of West Berlin's self-determination to preserve democratic rule in their sectors of the city. Reuter was Lord Mayor of Berlin in 1947. The Blockade/Airlift occurred in 1948/49. He was Governing Mayor of West Berlin in 1951/53. A young Willi Brandt often worked with Ernst Reuter.
Note: At the 2001 BIA Reunion in Berlin, the retiring Director of the remarkable Checkpoint Charlie Association* described the difference in outlook of the Germans and the Americans. He said to wit, the Germans refer to it as the Berlin Blockade. The Americans refer to it as the Berlin Airlift. The first is a problem. The second is a solution.
*The Checkpoint Charlie Association is a Germany sponsored group that promotes German-American relations and maintains the Allied Museum on Clay Allee. They treated us well indeed.
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