Berlin

In Place of a Concluding Chapter - Martin Griffin

The poetic conclusion to Squatting In West Berlin published by Hooligan Press.

The State's Revenge – Arnim Stauth

September 1981: Lummer enters a cleared house on Bülowstrasse

Article on the revenge prosecution of squatters by the West German state in the 1980s.

Originally published in Die Tageszeitung (4 January 1985).

Enchanted Isle - Martin Griffin

Demonstration against far right Konservative Aktion in Kreuzberg

An account of the conditions in West Berlin in the early 1980s by a visitor from Ireland.

Originally published in Ekomedia's Squatting in West Berlin.

Women's Cafe

A shortl article on the difficulties faced by Women's Cafe, a squatted social centre in Berlin in the early 1980s.

Originally published in Frauenbewegung und Hauserkampf — unvorsohnlich? (Women's Movement and Squatting Movement -irreconcilable?)

New Life In An Old Factory - Corliss Anderson and Eddie Roberts

Kerngehäuse

Overview of the squatted Kerngehäuse in Berlin, a former factory which hosted a number of collectives when occupied.

Originally appeared in Bar Fax.

New Chauvinism?

A problematic account of violence against women and macho behaviour in the squatting movement of West Berlin in the early 1980s.

The original article is followed by some letters in response, some of which seem to excuse violence against women and other sexist behaviour.

A difficult read, which is presented here as an insight into the downsides of subcultural political scenes and not because we agree with it.

22.9.81 – Death On The Potsdamerstrasse

An anonymous account of police violence during a protest against evictions in Berlin. 19 year old Klaus Rattay died during the demonstration, although this is not directly covered in the text. (Rattay's death is covered in "A Short History Of The Berlin Squatting Movement December 1980 - July 1982")

Originally appeared in Bar Fax.

A Day In The Life

An anonymous middle class English woman writes about her experiences during a brief stay in prison after being arrested at a demonstration against US Secretary of State Alexander Haig's 1981 visit to Berlin.

An interesting article in the context of the counterculture of the time, though it is doubtful that this was representative of the experience of working class German prisoners then.

Originally appeared in Bar Fax.

Five Houses - Dora Schemme and Barbara Rosenberg

Jagowstrasse 12 Feb 1981

Profiles of five squatted houses in West Berlin in the early 1980s, including quotes from the female occupants.

Interviews by Dora Schemme and Barbara Rosenberg. Originally published in German feminist magazine Courage (#4 April 1981): "Frauen Besetzer Hausen"