Berlin as an Intellectual Center

  • Karl W. Deutsch


How can I convey to you something about my interests in and my image of Berlin? I first visited this city in 1922, at the ripe age of ten. In 1930, as a student, I hitchhiked there because I felt it was so important to see the great world. Looking at the world from Prague, Berlin was the first piece of the great world, and it was within reach. Later on, I saw Berlin in 1935, bedecked with flags and noisy with parades and loudspeakers, and—after having seen other cities of Germany just rising out of the rubble in 1948—I saw Berlin again in 1963, and I saw both parts of Berlin, West Berlin, and Mr. Khrushchev’s visit to East Berlin at that particular time. I went to Berlin again in 1973 when student unrest was still reverberating in the walls of the universities, and again in 1975 and 1976; and from 1976 on, first for a month and then for a half of each year I have been in Berlin, working. Bertolt Brecht once said: it is nice to visit people who invite you into their living-room, but if you really want to feel at home, they will invite you into their kitchen. In Berlin I have been in the kitchen for the last few years, and I have seen that Berlin still is a remarkably good city to work in.


Great Center Imperial Couple Great World Intellectual Center Border Town 
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