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{Germany} The Palace of Tears

June 23, 2014


Last week, I attended a Museum Tweetup at Berlin’s Tränenpalast (Palace of Tears), which I had been invited to organise through Museum140 on the 60th memorial day of the East German Uprising of 1953. The Tränenpalast was the transit hall for the border crossing by train between East and West Germany, adjoining Berlin’s Friedrichstraße station. Here travellers would directly experience the impact of a divided Germany. It was a place of “leave-taking and longing, resentment and despair” – it was not called the ‘Palace of […]

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