This film tells the story of my grandmother who was born in the borough of “Berlin-Reinickendorf”, in 1937. She experienced the Second World War from a child’s perspective. In this several hours long interview, my grandmother talks about her experiences during the war, now reflecting those memories from an adult’s point of view.

For the purpose of this 3-minute-film, I decided to juxtapose two excerpts from this interview, which I found to be very moving and evocative in their respective ways. They further reveal historical detail, which has often been omitted from other portrayals.

The project originates in a collaboration with “Theater.Macht.Staat” und “Kinbom & Kessner”.
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“Weiße Stadt,” Berliner Grossstadtgeschichten, accessed November 29, 2021,

White City (German with English subtitles) from ZLB on Vimeo.

Dezember 2017
White City, Sonja Kessner



15.03.2018 16:53:47Uhr

Ein kurzer aber bewegender Einblick in ein Stück ewig währende Geschichte, die angesichts aktueller Ereignisse leider nicht so historisch veranlagt ist wie man es sich wünschen würde.

Insbesondere musikalisch vollendet eingefangen, ein großes Kompliment an die Künstler hinter diesem Kurzfilm!


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