Berlin

Ditching The Olympics

A Black Flag article on resistance to the Olympic Games in Berlin and the Netherlands in the 1980s and 1990s.

Homes to Those Who Live in Them!

The demand often raised in the renters’ protests that housing should not be a commodity is a correct and an important one. But it amounts to nothing as long as the relations of power and domination of this society are not called into question.

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.