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Conclusion: Borders and Boundaries

  • Jennifer V. Evans
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Part of the Genders and Sexualities in History book series (GSX)

Abstract

For Rolf Schneider, it was a day like any other. He met an out-of-town relative at the Franziskaner restaurant under the arches of the Friedrichstrasse train station, and mused about the frequency of the vibrations that rocked the “furniture, glasses and the palms of our hands as a nervous tic” every two minutes, as each train rolled in. After a forgettable meal “unlovingly prepared but extremely cheap,” they left the restaurant only to be bombarded by the illuminated political messages passing as text across the station arch, which, he notes sardonically, were “ignored by everyone.” Going first to Ostbahnhof to ensure his relative caught his train, he then hopped on board a west-traveling S-Bahn, and was reminded when back at Friedrichstrasse by the dulcet tones of woman’s voice over the loudspeaker that this was the last station stop “in the democratic sector of Berlin.” Upon disembarking at Zoo Station, that curious “island of Eastern-bloc ‘real socialism’ at the heart of capitalism,” his eyes were pulled toward the blue-uniformed train station police and the drunk staggering through the hall. Would he make it to the exit? He followed along, and turned towards the Kurfürstendamm, where he noticed across from the scaffolding surrounding the Memorial Church the outdoor tables of the Café Kranzler, where a “flock of elderly ladies, hats perched on top of blue-rinsed curls,” did not seem to mind the noisy construction.

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Station Arch Political Message Elderly Lady Food Riot Divided City 
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Notes

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