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Subway to Nowhere

This is the entrance to the subway, S-Bahn, at Potsdamer Platz in Berlin.

 

The time is November 28, 1975. I am looking through the iron gate at the brick wall. The subway ran underneath the East and West sides and those stations on the East side were closed (ghost stations) and the train did not stop there. Although this picture is taken on the west side of the wall it is still within the political territory belonging to the east, or Soviet sector. This explains why there is a 25-30 foot cleared area west of the wall. I had no idea until 2008 and the help of Allhails that I was standing inside the East boundary when this photo was taken of me.

 

Note the pre-war subway sign. The wire hanging down was to illuminate the circular green "S" sign.

 

Being here was eery. I felt caught in time. Here I was standing in pre World War II Berlin while above and below me the the Cold War (and wall) raged on in the 70's. This new version of the wall had only recently been completed.

 

The next picture in the stream shows what the area, Potsdamer Platz, looked like or click here:

www.flickr.com/photos/fauxaddress/2920545866/in/set-72157...

 

Click on the map link to see what it looks like today from the air or check out this link to another photostream:

www.flickr.com/photos/sollyla/971725404/

or

www.flickr.com/photos/hanneorla/2068845815/

 

If you want to go back in time to the same location in 1962 just after the wall was built see:

www.flickr.com/photos/allhails/2421350190/in/set-72157604...

www.flickr.com/photos/soledad_camponovo/6270005876

 

or (there are several here in Allhails photostream)

www.flickr.com/photos/allhails/2412660285/in/set-72157604...

 

If you want to see this location in 1959 or 60 see this pic:

www.flickr.com/photos/allhails/2118517938/in/set-72157603...

 

If the pictures of the early wall interest you be sure to see Allhails photostream. He has two sets - one just before the wall (Berlin, 1959 and 1960) and one just after showing the first make-shift wall built (Berlin, 1962 and 1964):

www.flickr.com/photos/allhails/

  

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Taken on October 13, 2008