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Rosa Luxemburg neighborhood is well organized now in it’s battle against right wing extremism – see post Don’t buy from the Nazi and Thor Steinar II. Tomorrow, Saturday, May 31 a festival is planned to introduce the Mitte Gegen Rechts initiative to the public. In this context the tazblog article of Burkhard Schröder is a great example for a disgusting cynicism which is present among a lot of left wing intellectuals: citizens, who get organized to fight against the presence of neonazis in their neighborhood are discredited as “Gutmenschen” whose initiative is inappropriate. Would it be more appropriate to do nothing and just let things go?

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It’s pretty obvious – Prenzlauer Berg is getting more and more international. A lot of well educated people, intellectuals, artists move here with their families. And what about the Prenzlauer Bergers? Instead of being proud of their KIEZ there seems to be a certain unease: Something terrible happens: Gentrification! Instead of the well educated Japanese Artist shouldn’t it rather be the illitaterate kaukasian farmer to come? The funny thing is, that especially among Prenzlauer Berg’s lohas who moved here to stay together with their friends form Reutlingen, Freiburg etc. it’s very hip to join in: We need more Anatolian workers and farmers in our KIEZ to feel good. Maybe an interesting business idea: import some and show them around Kastanienallee. It would make so many Prenzlauer Bergers feel much better… But: no farmers. Look who’s coming instead:

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It’s 125 years Feuerwache Oderberger Straße this year. Congratulation Germanys oldest fire station. The official birthday party will take place July, 5th.

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This is for Jochen Nestler. For more information see post Denk bloß nicht ich heule – in memoriam Jochen Nestler.

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This is QRT’s house in Konstanz. Here he grew up and lived till he went to Berlin in the middle of the 1980ies (For those of you who haven’t got any idea who QRT is, see post HERE COMES QRT). I strolled around QRT’s house recently and what came out is this little film. The text is taken out of QRT’s essay about serial killing: JAGDSAISON – Serial Killing in Berlin, Tekknologic Tekknowledge Tekgnosis, Merve Verlag Berlin 1999.

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It’s one of the big scandals in the history of German TV: Peter Kahane’s film “Die Architekten” (1990) is one of the last films produced by East German DEFA Studios. “Die Architekten” relentlessly critizises GDRs status quo. It’s not just a great film but also a document of German history – and it has been shown on German TV only a couple of times! What happened to this film after the reunification tells a lot about how GDR history was dealt with in Germany after 1989: GDR citiziens didnt’t want to get bothered with this old stuff. They were busy exploring promising west – and west Germans just ignored it. So this is director Peter Kahane talking about his film:

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“Das vollkommenste Wesen, das wir uns vorstellen können, ist jenes, das sich am weitesten von unseren Konventionen entfernt und sie am verächtlichsten findet.” (Marquis de Sade)

The most accomplished entity we can imagine is the one which departs furthest from our conventions and considers them most contemptuous.” (Marquis de Sade)

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