This film deals with the vicinity of “Schlesisches Tor” in the area of Berlin-Kreuzberg, which is riddled with history.

The “Oberbaumbrücke” is a busy bridge that connects the districts of Kreuzberg (former West-Berlin) and Friedrichshain (former East-Berlin). At the time, when Germany was still divided, the bridge could not be trespassed. There was no traffic; no trains were allowed on the bridge and there were border controls.

Another story relating to the bridge and highlighting another era of German history is the renaming of the “Gröbenufer”. This riverbank lent its former name to “Otto Friedrich von der Gröben”, who was associated with the slave trade of Brandenburg-Prussia. It was therefore changed to “May Ayim Ufer”, in memory of the internationally renowned Afro-German poet and pedagogue, May Ayim. This represented an important milestone in dealing with this difficult chapter of German colonial history.

Regina Knoll works in the field of political education. She is interested in aspects of political-historical education, storytelling, as well as biographical and narrative work.

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“(Un)sichtbare Orte,” Berliner Grossstadtgeschichten, accessed January 23, 2022,

(In)visible Places (German with English subtitles) from ZLB on Vimeo.

Dezember 2017
(In)visible Places , Regina Knoll


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