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Gentrifying Berlin

If you’ve been to Berlin as a backpacker or a student, chances are you’ve been to the “Tacheles”: one of the ruins of World War II that were left standing “as is” by the GDR and that became a squatter location after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

Used by the Nazis to house French prisoners of war, over the last 20 years the building has transformed from hip and underground artist meeting point into a tourist attraction where one could still see the gritty side of Berlin. Supposedly worth around $90 million, a bank consortium is intent on kicking the artists out and selling the property to investors. Read more about it in this NYT article.

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About GG

Gundolf Graml is Associate Prof. and Dir. of German Studies at Agnes Scott College. He has a Ph.D. in German Studies from the University of Minnesota and has published articles on German and Austrian film and tourism. He is currently writing a book about tourism and Austrian national identity after 1945. Other research projects include critical whiteness studies and, most recently, investigations into the connection between memory and nature. At ASC, Gundolf Graml teaches courses on a broad range of topics, from German 101 to German and Austrian Cinema and Afro-German History and Culture.

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