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Helmholtzplatz now

EINMAL IN DER WOCHE SCHREINDokumentarfilm – DDR, 1982, Farbe, 17 min. “TO SCREAM ONCE A WEEK” a 1982 GDR short documentary shows teenage life around Helmholtzplatz and tells the story of a self orgnazied youth club.

DIRECTOR Günter Jordan
PRODUCED BY DEFA-Studio für Dokumentarfilme
SCREENPLAY Günter Jordan
CAMERA Michael Lösche
MUSIC Gruppe Pankow

The film was forbidden in 1982 because the way it showed self-confidence and self-determination of GDR kids didn’t follow the rules. In October 1989 it was finally released.

The film was chosen by The Museum of Modern Art New York 2005: DEFA-Retrospektive “Rebels with a cause”

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there’s an new service for busy Prenzlauer Berg parents : flitz-to-the-kids, a team of hand picked premium class educationalists – all academics of course and at least bilingual – will take care of your kids for only 50 € per hour (30 € if you live in the KIEZ (exact definition on their website)). They are bookable till two hours before required and for ecological reasons come to your home by bus and metro.

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What happened to the mandarinfish in Tierpark Berlin? When I was there with my daughter two weeks ago our favourite animal was missing: little mandarinfish. He wasn’t in his aquarium any more.

While trying to explain to my daughter what might have happened to the mandarinfish I did some research and found out that the mandarinfish behaves like a typical Prenzlauer Berger:

What the scientists have learned so far about the mandarin fish has surprised them. “We never anticipated the complexity of the social structure and mating system that we encountered,” said Mitcheson. “We also didn’t expect that individuals could be so distinctly different, one from the other, in terms of their habits and behaviors.”

As the researchers monitored mandarin fish populations, they found that each evening, within 20 minutes of sunset, groups of three to five females gathered. Each group had its own “street corner” to which its members returned night after night. Males visited the sites and displayed courtship behavior, hoping to attract females.

(National Geographic, see whole article here)

The official version of what happened to the mandarinfish – the one my daughter was willing to accept – goes as follows:

One day little mandarinfish felt lonely and sad and stared out of his bedroom window when he saw a mandarin (citrus reticulata) sitting on one of the tables of Tierpark-Restaurant right in front of his house, the aquarium. The mandarin said: “Hey, I’m the mandarin. Who are you?” Little mandarinfish said: “I’m the mandarinfish.” There was silence for a little while; they stared at each other, than the mandarin said: “Well, we look different, but nevertheless I think we belong togehter.” “I’m pretty sure about that”, said the mandarinfish, opened his bedroom window and left his house. From then on they were the best friends you can imagine and started to explore the whole wide world…

Reality, unfortunately, looks different: Dr. Falk Dathe from Tierpark Berlin answered my mail saying that the mandarinfish died in October 2007.

Betreff: AW: Mandarinfisch
Von: “Dr. Falk Dathe” <f.dathe@tierpark-berlin.de> ins Adressbuch
An: “marc.burth@web.de” <marc.burth@web.de>
Datum: 14.07.08 16:37:46 Uhr
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Sehr geehrte Familie Burth,

Ihre Tochter Anna hat sehr gut beobachtet. Der Glänzende Mandarinfisch, Synchiropus splendidus, ist leider Ende Oktober 2007 verstorben.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen
Dr. Falk Dathe
wiss. Oberassistent
Tierpark Berlin

—–Ursprüngliche Nachricht—–
Von: Kirsten Bauerfeld
Gesendet: Montag, 14. Juli 2008 15:34
An: Dr. Falk Dathe
Betreff: WG: Mandarinfisch


Kirsten Bauerfeld

Tierpark Berlin-Friedrichsfelde GmbH
Am Tierpark 125
10319 Berlin

Telefon: +49 (0)30 – 51531-102
Telefax: +49 (0)30 – 5124061


Dr. rer. nat. Bernhard Blaszkiewitz

HR AG Charlottenburg HRB 37768
Steuernummer: 27/602/50228
Umsatzsteuer ID: DE137229687

—–Ursprüngliche Nachricht—–
Von: Marc Burth [mailto:marc.burth@web.de]
Gesendet: Montag, 14. Juli 2008 11:45
An: Kirsten Bauerfeld
Betreff: Mandarinfisch

Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren,

als ich vor zwei Wochen mit meiner Tochter Anna im Tierpark bei den Aqurien war, hat sie festgestellt, dass ihr Lieblingstier, der Mandarinfisch nicht mehr da war. Seither möchte sie unbedingt wissen, was mit ihm passiert ist. Können Sie uns weiterhelfen?

Herzlichen Dank und viele Grüße

Marc Burth und Anna
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Expressantwort an f.dathe@tierpark-berlin.de

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Choriner Straßenfest 2008 was a typical Prenzlauer Berg event:




Big surprise: one of the top acts actually came from Wedding: “Brauseboys – Die Leseshow aus dem Berliner Wedding“. See also their blog “browserboys“. So in the end there was a lot of traffic crossing the border between Wedding and Prenzlauer Berg this July 12.

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There is an invisible frontier between “rich” Prenzlauer Berg and “poor” Wedding. Only on summer weekends members of Wedding’s turkish community cross the borderline to gather in Mauerpark for picnic. For the people living in Prenzlauer Berg there’s no reason ever crossing the border to Wedding. Now “Gated community Prenzlauer Berg” offers guided tours to explore wild wild Wedding. Tomorrow, July 12 guided bicycle tours at 2pm and 4pm and a special tour at 1pm, also by bike, guided by “real Wedding kids” of social project “Route 65“will start from Gleimtunnel which connects the two quarters. See the whole program here. It definitely will be an adventure for everyone living in Prenzlauer Berg. See also post “we want more farmers.”

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German is a great language; for example “Gassi gehen” (to walk the dog). You won’t find anything comparable in any other language (as far as I know). “Gasse” is a tiny, narrow street… which means: one can’t “go Gassi” in Prenzlauer Berg, because there are no “Gassen”. That’s probgably why there’s dog shit all over the place…

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