[Photo Journal] Deutscher Bundestag or Reichstagsbebaude in Berlin

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Myra here.

Every Tuesday, we share photographs from our recent or long-ago travels, or just everyday stuff that appealed to our mindful eye and sharp sensibilities as captured through fleeting images.

Deutscher Bundestag or Reichstagsbebaude in Berlin

I visited Berlin twice and the city never fails to captivate me each time. When my family and I arrived last year, our host recommended that we go to this place. Apparently, it requires planning some weeks in advance, but thanks to her fabulous contacts, we were able to arrange a quick tour the next day.

According to Wikipedia:

The Reichstag Building is a historical edifice in Berlin, Germany, constructed to house the Imperial Diet (German: Reichstag), of the German Empire. It was opened in 1894 and housed the Diet until 1933, when it was severely damaged after it was set on fire.

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The term Reichstag, when used to connote a diet, dates back to the Holy Roman Empire. The building was built for the Diet of the German Empire, which was succeeded by the Reichstag of the Weimar Republic. The latter would become the Reichstag of Nazi Germany, which left the building (and ceased to act as a parliament) after the 1933 fire and never returned; the term Reichstag has not been used by German parliaments since World War II. In today’s usage, the German word Reichstag (Imperial Diet Building) refers mainly to the building, while Bundestag (Federal Diet) refers to the institution (source here).

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“I…” He struggled to answer. “When everything was quiet, I went up to the corridor and the curtain in the living room was open just a crack… I could see outside. I watched, only for a few seconds.” He had not seen the outside world for twenty-two months.
There was no anger or reproach.
It was Papa who spoke.
How did it look?”
Max lifted his head, with great sorrow and great astonishment. “There were stars,” he said. “They burned my eyes.”
― Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

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“I like trains. I like their rhythm, and I like the freedom of being suspended between two places, all anxieties of purpose taken care of: for this moment I know where I am going.”
― Anna Funder, Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall

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“If you invest all your energy in economics, world commerce, parliamentarianism, military engagements, power and power politics, -if you take the quantum of intelligence, seriousness, will, and self-overcoming that you embody and expend it all in this one direction, there there won’t be any left for the other direction. Culture and the state – let us be honest with ourselves – these are adversaries.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche, The Anti-Christ/Ecce Homo/Twilight of the Idols/Other Writings

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“Warner laces his boots and sings the songs and marches the marches, acting less out of duty than out of a time worn desire to be dutiful.”
― Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See

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“The sun had just gone down, and its afterglow was backlighting the city, which formed low cliffs around the bucolic void to the idle stockyards. The city was blacked out because bombers might come, so Billy didn’t get to see Dresden do one of the most cheerful things a city is capable of doing when the sun goes down, which is to wink its lights on one by one.

There was a broad river to reflect those lights, which would have made their nighttime winkings very pretty indeed. It was the Elbe.”
― Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five

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“There began to appear before my romantic eyes…a vast and complicated network of espionage, terror, sadism and hate, from which no one, official or private, could escape.”
― Erik Larson, In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin

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“Lovely morning, World War Two.”
― Thomas Pynchon, Gravity’s Rainbow

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