Ku’damm stands for Kurfürstendamm, one of the most famous avenues in Berlin. The miniseries Ku’damm 56 is set in a mid-20th century Berlin dance school. Ku’damm is also the home of the KaDeWe, the landmark department store originally owned by the Jewish entrepreneur Adolf Jandorf. The hotel where we stayed was also located there, called the Hollywood Hotel. Each room honored a different movie star. Ours was Merle Oberon.
The hotel was in walking distance to the famous Kaiser-Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche.
The church was badly damaged in 1943 during an Allied air raid, and the ruined building has stood ever since in the middle of the bustling city as a symbol and reminder of the war’s horrors.
In 1956, the architect Egon Eiermann integrated the ruin in his design for a new church. The new design consists of concrete honeycomb elements with stained glass inlays.
The church was closed as we came back to our hotel in the evening. And these days a Fair Trade Shop sits across from its entrance doors.
Several doors on the old structure are in use.
But they are not as striking as the empty eye where the stained glass window once sat.
Or the arched spaces that have earned the nickname, der hohle Zahn or “the hollow tooth.”
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