Posts Tagged ‘Checkpoint Charlie’

Photography, selfies and mass murder

By Katelyn Verstraten Selfie sticks waving in the air. Cellphone cameras flashing. Teenagers making peace signs. It’s an overcast May afternoon and tourists are photographing a site in Berlin. But this isn’t just any tourist destination: this is the Topography of Terror, a location that once housed the SS, SD and Gestapo headquarters, and where the […]


Pasts captured, pasts uncovered

The Topography of Terror once housed the SS, SD and Gestapo headquarters -- and is where the Nazis planned the extermination of millions. (Katelyn Verstraten/FASPE)

A single block of Zimmerstrasse — a less than five-minute walk along 1,000 feet of what was once the Berlin Wall—separates two very different reminders of Berlin’s past. On one end is the Topography of Terror and on the other is Checkpoint Charlie.