Near Alexanderplatz, Berlin

The Alexa is a new shopping mall, opened 2007 near the former center of East Berlin. I did not bother to go inside, my aversion for shopping malls was all too strong, but I have to acknowledge that the mural on the wall facing direction of Alexanderplatz picks up the tradition for those ornated walls popular in the German Democratic Republic, like those on the House of the Teacher


Back in those Times


Haus des Lehrers/House of the Teacher, (former East-)Berlin

… when the value of education was broadly accepted …

… and the role models were clear …

… and the East was the enemy and the West was the home of our friends…

… and communism was bad and capitalism was good…

Now the world is not so simple anymore.