Saturday, October 22, 2011

A place of history

Haus des Rundfunks, main hall. (twb)
The Haus des Rundfunks - or simply HDR as it is called these days - is one of the most important places in Europe's media history. Built in 1929, the HDR was the home of the National Socialist Rundfunk (1933-1945), the Sender Freies Berlin (1957-2003), and today it is the main building of the Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg RBB. (Read more.)
Haus des Rundfunks, paternoster elevator. (twb)
Yet the past is not just a notion within these walls. You can see it. Smell it. Hear it. Even feel it. Just step into one of the cabins of the Paternoster elevator carrying the jury members to their auditioning rooms. And if you do, you will recall Heinrich Böll's short masterpiece "Doktor Murkes gesammeltes Schweigen" paying tribute to a forgotten invention, and to the golden days of radio broadcasting.

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