Berlin East
The Other Side of a City
Text: Lutz Rathenow
Photographs: Harald Hauswald


The little book lives off its good nose, gossip and talk, jokes and rumours, stories and conspicious occurrences, and a good memory of poster-roaring audacity, or of governmental attempts at control, infringements and measures, evidence given by the friends concerned (...) It isn't sensational seeking or notorious intellectual curiosity but the principle of honesty which commits the two authors, making them tear down the curtain piece by piece, cut the veil arranged to the tourist's taste, opening a view of Berlin far away from ready-made helpful sketches.

Peter Wawerzinek

Much of what Harald Hauswald photographed, and Lutz Rathenow described, is no longer encountered in reality. This is not a point against this book, on the contrary. History is flying past, you almost cannot remember any longer the time "before". So what will remain? Photos and texts, for example, giving evidence of what happened.

Jürgen Fuchs