Straße des 17 Juni

Postcard view from c.1920View of the Straße des 17 Juni from 2020

Although these two images appear to show the same scene, albeit a century apart, they do in fact show two differing locations, as the Siegessäule shown way in the distance was actually situated until 1939 at Königsplatz, the head of the Siegesallee, in front of the Bundestag.

It was moved by the Nazis shortly before the outbreak of WWII as part of Berlin’s restructuring to become the new German capital called Germania, to its present location at the Großer Stern on what was then called the Charlottenburger Chaussee, but is now known as the Straße des 17 Juni, in honour of the East-German uprising of 1953.

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