Erinnerungs- und Begegnungsstätte Grenzkontrollpunkt Dreilinden/Drewitz, historical site

Memorials of recent German history
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„A hundred times‚ ‘Uncover your left ear!’, perhaps two hundred times, the question ‘Weapons, ammunition, radio devices?’, a dozen times ‘Drive to the right!’, three hundred and sixty times ‘Have a pleasant onward journey’ – usually in the Saxon dialect, sometimes in the Thuringian or Anhalt dialects, hardly ever in the Märkisch-Berlin dialect.” Every transit journey, according to writer Friedrich Christian Delius, was for him a German lesson, usually a double lesson at least.”
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  • Checkpoint Bravo, Checkpoint Bravo e.V. / Foto: Rolf Esser
  • Grenzübergang Dreilinden, Foto: BStU, Mfs, HA VI, Nr. 5678, Bild 5/3
  • Checkpoint Bravo, Checkpoint Bravo e.V. / Foto: Rolf Esser
  • Checkpoint Bravo, Checkpoint Bravo e.V. / Foto: Rolf Esser
  • Checkpoint Bravo, Checkpoint Bravo e.V. / Foto: Rolf Esser
“Grenzübergangsstelle Drewitz” border crossing point southwest of Berlin on what is now motorway 115 was one of the biggest and most frequented GDR control points for transit traffic between the Federal Republic and West Berlin. Due to the many attempts to flee by GDR inhabitants, the border crossing point became a long, stretched-out fortress made of reinforced concrete and steel. From what was known as the border troops’ Commandant Tower, alarms could be raised, all traffic lights turned to red, barriers erected and other vehicle barriers rolled out.

The entire site of the border crossing point had to make way for a commercial park in the 1990s. However, the commandant tower was preserved and now serves as a memorial and a meeting point. An open air exhibition and information boards inside the tower show the location in the context of a divided Germany, providing insights into the historic biographies of transit passengers and refugees. The border security system is also explained. part of GDR blocking elements are arranged as a “Grenzlehrpfad”, a border nature trail.

On the other side, the motorway at the location of the former Soviet tank memorial is within visual and walking range. After the T-34 tank was taken away by Soviet troops, artist Eckhart Haisch installed a snow ladder painted pink on the plinth, to “give this ‘lost place’ a ‘peaceful’ history again (Haisch). An open air exhibition provides information on the history of the monument.

Literature:
  • Peter Boeger/Lydia Dollmann (Eds.), Freundwärts – Feindwärts. Die deutsch-deutsche Grenzübergangsstelle Drewitz/Dreilinden, Berlin 2011
  • Friedrich Christian Delius/Peter Joachim Lapp, Transit Westberlin – Erlebnisse im Zwischenraum, second edition, Berlin 2000
  • Peter Boeger/Alexander Dowe (Eds.), Panzerdenkmal Berlin-Dreilinden. Geschichte und Hintergründe, Berlin 2014

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„A hundred times‚ ‘Uncover your left ear!’, perhaps two hundred times, the question ‘Weapons, ammunition, radio devices?’, a dozen times ‘Drive to the right!’, three hundred and sixty times ‘Have a pleasant onward journey’ – usually in the Saxon dialect, sometimes in the Thuringian or Anhalt dialects, hardly ever in the Märkisch-Berlin dialect.” Every transit journey, according to writer Friedrich Christian Delius, was for him a German lesson, usually a double lesson at least.”
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  • Checkpoint Bravo, Checkpoint Bravo e.V. / Foto: Rolf Esser
  • Grenzübergang Dreilinden, Foto: BStU, Mfs, HA VI, Nr. 5678, Bild 5/3
  • Checkpoint Bravo, Checkpoint Bravo e.V. / Foto: Rolf Esser
  • Checkpoint Bravo, Checkpoint Bravo e.V. / Foto: Rolf Esser
“Grenzübergangsstelle Drewitz” border crossing point southwest of Berlin on what is now motorway 115 was one of the biggest and most frequented GDR control points for transit traffic between the Federal Republic and West Berlin. Due to the many attempts to flee by GDR inhabitants, the border crossing point became a long, stretched-out fortress made of reinforced concrete and steel. From what was known as the border troops’ Commandant Tower, alarms could be raised, all traffic lights turned to red, barriers erected and other vehicle barriers rolled out.

The entire site of the border crossing point had to make way for a commercial park in the 1990s. However, the commandant tower was preserved and now serves as a memorial and a meeting point. An open air exhibition and information boards inside the tower show the location in the context of a divided Germany, providing insights into the historic biographies of transit passengers and refugees. The border security system is also explained. part of GDR blocking elements are arranged as a “Grenzlehrpfad”, a border nature trail.

On the other side, the motorway at the location of the former Soviet tank memorial is within visual and walking range. After the T-34 tank was taken away by Soviet troops, artist Eckhart Haisch installed a snow ladder painted pink on the plinth, to “give this ‘lost place’ a ‘peaceful’ history again (Haisch). An open air exhibition provides information on the history of the monument.

Literature:
  • Peter Boeger/Lydia Dollmann (Eds.), Freundwärts – Feindwärts. Die deutsch-deutsche Grenzübergangsstelle Drewitz/Dreilinden, Berlin 2011
  • Friedrich Christian Delius/Peter Joachim Lapp, Transit Westberlin – Erlebnisse im Zwischenraum, second edition, Berlin 2000
  • Peter Boeger/Alexander Dowe (Eds.), Panzerdenkmal Berlin-Dreilinden. Geschichte und Hintergründe, Berlin 2014

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