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Ribbeck - Old Distillery

Posted by
daniela (Berlin, Germany) on 15 July 2013 in Architecture and Portfolio.

Around 1850 the Ribbeck family built this distillery, where they produced some kind of potato booz ( about 114.000 liters /year) until the Nazis banished the family from their properties.

The head of the family Hans von Ribbeck was declared a public enemy and died in Sachsenhausen KZ 1945 - he didn´t care about hiding his feelings towards Hitler.
There are lots of anecdotes regarding his behaviour, my favourite one is that he apparently drew pictures of pigs with big ears with his cane in the sandy ground when he was in presence of those nasty nazi people.
He was also arrested earlier in connection with the Night of the Long Knives but came free.

During the GDR era this building was used as a garner - until 1994, sadly nothing was done to keep the old building in shape. The Ribbeck family bought it back in 2001 and restored it by hand since.
In 2006 the old distillery was restored successfully and is now used as Jazz venu as well as a pear vinegar production facility, and of course some liquors.

The chimney is the regular place for a stork nesting place ;)

PENTAX K-x 1/200 second F/8.0 ISO 100 18 mm

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1/200 second
ISO 100
18 mm