Development, SettlementUntil the end of the 18th century, the Schöneberger Wiesen were still undeveloped floodplains. At the end of the 19th century, the district quickly became a sought-after urban residential area.
Under the swastikaBerlin’s plans for conversion into a representative seat of government and the imperial capital “Germania” also have an impact on the residents of the Hansa-Viertel. Many of the Jewish fellow citizens are deported.
Destruction in World War IISeveral air raids in January and March 1943 and, above all, a major attack in the night from 22 to 23 November 1943 almost completely destroyed the Hansaviertel of the Kaiser era.
After the warOf the 343 houses, 70 remain, many of them badly damaged. About 4000 people still live in the narrowest of spaces and between rubble rubble.
Living together and expulsionIn the 1920s, the proportion of Jewish inhabitants in the Hansa quarter was almost twice as high as the Berlin average. The names of 1030 persecuted and deported Jewish neighbours have been collected at the Hansaplatz underground station in memory of them.
One lives in the HansaviertelThe centrally located Hansaviertel with its spacious Gründerzeit houses attracted many celebrities. Artists, actors, writers, journalists, politicians and bankers settled here.
Pictures, postcards and other documents from the time of the “Old Hansa-Viertel”.