Tuesday, March 10, 2009

What are all those pockmarks on the buildings?

When I first came to Berlin for a visit 15 years ago I noticed a lot of the older buildings had lots of little holes puckering their surface.

"What are all those pockmarks on the buildings?" I asked my boyfriend. "Does it have something to do with acid rain."

No, he told me. The holes had been made by bullets.

Bullet holes?


Of course, I knew that there had been fighting in
the streets of Berlin during World War 2 and that the city had been heavily bombed but seeing these scars still present on the buildings somehow made it more real.

There are lots of bullet holes in the graveyard where I take a lot of pictures of my jewelry and artwork. Yesterday I even found two gr
ave stones that had been damaged by mortar shells.


Thinking of a battle being fought in a graveyard is almost too surreal to imagine. It reminds me of that song Where Have The Flowers Gone? which I often sing to my daughter.


War may sometimes be necessary, as it was in the case of Hitler, but that doesn't stop it from being seriously fucked up.....

8 comments:

hollyzhobby said...

You have a very enlightening blog. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Thanx for the invite into your world.

Softpencil said...

Wars are very sad...

Schaufenster said...

Thanks HH. Glad you like it. :) Softpencil, I totally agree!

Karrie said...

Very nice blog! I enjoyed reading it. Beautiful place even with all those bullet holes. War is nothing nice.

Schaufenster said...

Thanks!

Frenzy23 said...

Wow. Things like that are really fastinating, in a morbid way.
Whether you feel wars are necessary sometimes or not, I don't think anyone can argue that they're not really screwed up. There's a book called A Long Way Gone written by who used to be a child soldier. It's amazing and kind of scary what people are capable of becoming, and coming back from.

Tamar Hammer's Blog said...

I love this list and your writing it is very direct and honest.

Schaufenster said...

Thanks everyone for the nice comments!

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