1961. On a Sunday in August

Contemporary witness project commemorating the 50th anniversary of the building of the Berlin Wall in Kulturraum Zwingli-Kirche, Rudolfstraße 14, 10424 Berlin-Friedrichshain

29 July until 11 September 2011

On the morning of 13 August 1961, a Sunday, construction suddenly began on the wall that would isolate East Berlin and divide a city of millions of inhabitants for 28 years. Its building had been planned in secret and took the world by surprise. Many people’s biographies provide an indication of the significance of this event and bring memories to life. In its workshop with contemporary witnesses, KulturRaum Zwingli Church, which is located near the Oberbaumbrücke (a bridge linking the eastern and western parts of the city) and the East Side Gallery will document the stories of the apparently ordinary lives of people on both sides of the River Spree in Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg. 
50 years since the building of the Berlin Wall. “Ordinary lives” – this perspective permits an individual angle on the events of those days. A presentation of accounts by contemporary witness as part of a six-week summer project is planned. An installation of 20 large-format panels will be suspended in the nave of Zwingli Church. We will be confronted with the faces of the contemporary witnesses in 1961 and 2011, whose stories will be told in texts. Videos will be shown at three points, featuring interviews with 6 – 8 contemporary witnesses, each lasting 8 – 10 minutes. The installation will be rounded off with a supporting programme of readings and films on the topic.

Event organiser:

KulturRaum Zwingli-Kirche e.V.
Rotherstraße 3 (office)
10245 Berlin

Tel.: +49 (0)30 - 29 00 59 96

Project management: Ludger Jansen (kontakt@remove-this.ludgerjansen.de)
Contemporary witnesses: Verena Schupp (verenaschupp@remove-this.gmx.de)
Supporting programme: Prof. Martin Wiebel (mwwiebel@remove-this.aol.com)
Media: Anke Baltzer (presse@remove-this.kulturraum-zwinglikirche.de)
Cooperation partner: Museum of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg 

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Computer-generated image of the project »On a Sunday in August« in KulturRaum Zwingli-Kirche
Computer-generated image of the project »On a Sunday in August« in KulturRaum Zwingli-Kirche, 2011. Image: Ludger Jansen, © 2011 KulturRaum Zwingli-Kirche
The KulturRaum Zwingli-Kirche Association has been holding cultural events at the church at Rudolfplatz in Berlin-Friedrichshain since 2008. The church stood empty for many years. Photo credit: Klaus-Petr Kurz, © 2009 KulturRaum Zwingli-Kirche