National Geographic : 2015 Mar
0mi 100 0km 100 NGM MAPS GERMANY Berlin LIFE ISN’T EASY For all its laid-back social tolerance, Berlin has a hard edge. Memories of its agonized past leak into the present. The Boros art collection, housed in a concrete Nazi bunker (above), plays on Berlin’s obsession with the relationship between past and present. In Michael Sailstorfer’s “Forest,” trees hang upside down and rotate. In Awst & Walther’s “Latent Measures,” a brushed-metal tube drives through the concrete walls of six rooms. On the wall of the St. Oberholz web-hub café on Rosenthaler Strasse (top right) is the saying “Das Leben ist kein Ponyhof”—life isn’t easy. The face of Dieter Weckeiser (bottom right), killed in 1968 at age 25 while attempting to swim across the River Spree to West Berlin, forms part of a memorial on Bernauer Strasse, where a graffiti-covered stretch of the Wall has been preserved as a reminder of the divided city. Weckeiser was with his wife: 17 shots, both died.