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Author McGee, Mark R., 1960-

Title Berlin : a visual and historical documentation from 1925 to the present / Mark R. McGee
Published Woodstock, N.Y. : Overlook Press, 2002

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Description 256 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
Summary "When it opened in 1875, the Kaiserhof hotel was the epitome of modernity. The opulent hotel was one of Berlin's most fashionable resorts, the haunt of aristocrats, financiers, and rich holiday-makers. In 1930, Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels, using suites 140 and 142 as their headquarters, consolidated the power that would lead them to control of the entire nation three years later. In 1946, the Kaiserhof, like much of bombed out Berlin, was a hollow ruin. In 1975, on the spot where the grand hotel once stood, the North Korean embassy was erected, an architectural eyesore of appalling vulgarity. Berlin: A Visual and Historical Documentation from 1925 to Present charts dramatically the changing face of one of the twentieth century's most fascinating cities at three crucial periods of its history." "Berlin presents fifty buildings and structures of historical and architectural interest which have been affected by events of the twentieth century: government buildings and grand hotels, cafes and department stores, theaters and railway stations can be seen from the same angle at three different points of time. Some of the structures have vanished completely; some were restored after the allied bombing of the city during the Second World War; others, such as the Imperial Palace and Hitler's Reich Chancellery, were blown up on ideological grounds; still others today serve a purpose different from their original one: the Nazi Reichsbank is now the home of the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, while the building which once housed the Reich Air Ministry is now the home of the Federal Ministry of Finances. The photographs assembled here are at once spectacular and full of human life, and the city they record over the course of almost one hundred years is a unique document for the student of history and architecture alike. Above all, Berlin is cultural and contemporary history all in one - a splendid, informative, and enigmatic book about one of the great cities of our time."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Berlin (Germany) -- Buildings, structures, etc.
Berlin (Germany) -- History -- 1918-1945.
Berlin (Germany) -- History -- 1945-1990.
LC no. 2001036057
ISBN 1585672130