The Devil’s Mountain
The Teufelsberg in Berlin has got a very interesting story behind it. Once the site for a Nazi college designed by Speer, then a dumping site for rubble from bombed-out buildings post WW2, which made it the highest point in Berlin and therefore it became a listening station site for the Allies during the cold war. Today it remains empty. I went there today to see if I could sneak in. After walking around the barbed fence I had achieved nothing but wet trainers. Then Anja (originally from Poland but now a Berliner) came up to me and asked for help. I thought she need help to climb the fence, but it turned out that her ex husband owns the site and she knew a secret way in. All she needed was a bit of manpower. She comes there every day to feed some foxes that became orphans as baby foxes. Tinned cat food did the trick. It was a bit like District 9. She took me up to the highest point at the old listening station where I politely asked to photograph her. A while ago she bumped in to Roman Polanski who was trying to get in. She guided him around too.
First blogged 11th December 2009