praying for salvation
Posted by daniela scharnowski (Berlin, Germany) on 13 November 2011 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.
I love old cemeteries, last weekend we visited the old Stahnsdorf Cemetery (also Southwest Cemetery) near Berlin. It has not only a fascinating history but also marvellously carved sculptures and temples which are just admirable. It is one of the few Berlin cemetaries where nature has began to rule again.
That´s very much what makes the enchanted and peaceful character in my opinion.
History in short: in 1909 this cemetary was founded, due to space problems outside of Berlin near the city of Potsdam. In the 1930s, when Hitler and his architect Albert Speer started building their vision of the "world´s capital Germania" he needed more space in Berlin and had several old cemeteries including most of their old graves moved to Stahnsdorf.
After Germany´s (and berlin´s) division the cemetery belonged to the GDR and the Westberliners weren´t often allowed to go there, not to speak of being allowed to get buried where their familiy rests. But thanks to this period, the giant area has become overgrown by the forest, the restauration of old family burial sites is still going on. Since the wall´s gone, there finally is business as usual.
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