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Berlin, du bist verdammt dazu ewig zu werden und niemals zu sein.

Berlin, you are a city condemned forever to becoming and never being.

Karl Scheffler

~ There is no other german city, no other capital in the world, that has seen so many fundamental changes of its self. Today, after the reunification of the two german states, Berlin is changing a lot again. It's searching for it's old glamour and for new one. It is a new capital carrying the boulders of history on it's shoulders. A city that has lost it's face. But what was this face? What city are we talking about? Which suposed old glamour is it searching for? ~


~ I want to take you with me to a journey i just don't know myself where it is going to end. Let's find that lost city, this lost Berlin that was famous in all the world. Let's find that exciting Berlin of the roaring twenties! ~


~At the end of World War I in 1918, the Weimar Republic was proclaimed in Berlin. In 1920, the Greater Berlin Act incorporated dozens of suburban cities, villages, and estates around Berlin into an expanded city. This new area encompassed Spandau and Charlottenberg in the west, as well as several other areas that are now major municipalities. After this expansion, Berlin had a population of around four million. It became the biggest continental city and beside London and New York the third biggest city of the world.During the Weimar era, Berlin became internationally renowned as a center of cultural transformation, at the heart of the Roaring Twenties. ~


~ Berlin was growing very fast but it's streets were hit by the tales of history. The Weimar Republic couldn't count with democratic traditions and never became a institution. It was hit by many crisis and not often there were street fights between the different political forces in the country. Unemployment and a economical depression, caused by the lost war let the people feel material poorness. ~

~ But people were for the first time free! The hard society restictions during the monarchy were gone and so Berlin became a spot for artists, scientists and a worldfamous nightlife! ~


~ This is, where i want you to take! Come with me and know the Berlin of the roaring twenties! ~

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I've have loved all of the bats that you have created over the years and I dearly hope that one day we see them uploaded onto SimCityKurier or here at Simtropolis. Your La Habana Vieja set, Decenta Soaps Kremlin walls set and the Hotel Bellevue are just a few examples of a master at work. The five uploads that you have on SimCityKurier are very
welcome additions, but when I think of all the bats that you have created and posted on your SC4Devotion forum pages over the years my heart is full of sadness that the rest of us can't use them in our cities. We have Batters who throw out their work with little thought or care to quality and then we have you who take so much care in your work.
Enough said on that topic, welcome to Simtropolis. I'm looking forward to all of your future Berlin posts.

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Nice! I think we all would love to see your BATS released!
Its funny, when I think 1920's Berlin, I think hyperinflation and the struggle for power amongst the Communists and the National Socialists, but a the same time, it did evolve culturally.

Always love seeing your work.

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Berlin's an incredible city. I was there back in 07, and I could feel what you were describing, about searching for an identity. Maybe I just wasn't there enough time, but the city seemed to lack a general feel like one finds in, say, New York. Who knows, maybe the lack of a "feel" is what Berlin is all about.

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