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walter benjamin platz.

27 Nov 2010

When I visited Berlin last year, my friend A told me that not far from his apartment in Charlottenburg was Walter Benjamin Platz, and would I like to check it out. I was a little dumbfounded.   Benjamin played a central role in my dissertation, and though I’m no longer an academic, his ideas still resonate with me.  And now I discover that there’s a square named for him?  But of course I’d like to see it!  So on a drizzly February day we headed over there, where after we saw the lovely street sign above, we encountered, well, this:

Fittingly monumental and depressing, no?  And, like Benjamin, completely out of place with its surroundings.

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