Its anniversary is little known about the history of the street on which almost everyone ever commits flanierte In the fall of 2011 the most famous street of Berlin: the Kurfurstendamm is 125! This enables many in amazement: where were the electors because please in 1886? Already this dilemma shows how difficult it is, the importance of the Ku’ Damm to describe. These days, where you know, that is the really historic Berlin (before 1920!), East of the Brandenburg Gate, continue is blasphemed: was the Ku’damm not only a copy of the Berlin Linden and the Champs Elysees? Wannabe Paris for new rich of period? Kitsch facades for culturally lesser income? Showcase of the West? Meatball Boulevard, with Beate Uhse and fries? One can only hope that the anniversary events to show that here a place is, which reflects the contradictions of German history of the last 125 like no other. 1886 it moved to new groups on the Kurfurstendamm, in the hitherto existing society of the German Empire society of senior military officers and the noble title, were still not quite arrived. Certainly the noble occupants of the Tiergarten district rumpften the nose: pitiful little “gardens” before the pension, cheap fake facades in stucco, very “free” in the style selector – ridiculous. Quickly developed into a whole new life here but: here beat the heart of modern painting in Berlin (with the Berlin secession), here were the cabarets, later the big cinemas. Here the great literary figures of the Empire and the Republic of Weimerer met finally in the “Romanesque Cafe” and the “coffee house of the West” to debate. The term “Kurfurstendamm” was a challenge for the conservatives. The Kurfurstendamm became synonymous with everything what you liked not – the “gutter art”, the “Jewish jeweler”, “UN-German” and elegantly dressed ladies, the “indecent” programs of the cabaret – for all.
Already in 1931, the Gauleiter of Goebbels organised the first pogroms: “decent Germans”, which fared poorly, threatened Jewish-looking passers-by, threw a showcase and attacked a synagogue. The Nazis like to use the term “Kohnfurstendamm” as a term for the “fat cats” who allegedly plundered from the German people. In 1933 were remodeling then Germany for their own purposes. At the Ku’damm they had only limited success: survived the coffees and variety shows, however, the Jewish owner of the well-known shops, hotels and restaurants went into exile or death. In the post-war period then reconstruction in the style: the Ku’damm becomes the Boulevard of the western part of the half of the city. After 1990 the great crisis of meaning: were less than the last 100 years history important than 300 years under den Linden? It was long before they had found its place in the United Berlin. Today, there are still the largest density of Hotel Berlin (in all categories), legendary restaurants and pubs in the streets and the famous luxury section with the international fashion shops Chains.
Unfortunately there are hardly cinemas and shops on Kurfuerstendamm. The city would now move the architecture of the 1970s to tackle what happens not always on undivided enthusiasm (Ku’damm loin), because it could lose more theaters. The Jubilaumsjahrt starts in spring 2011 with an Open-Air Exhibition in the famous cases of the Kurfurstendamm. Stefan Kane