Germany

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"

And One With No Answers - Udo Renkes

As part of our feature on squatting we had reserved space for an interview with the Berlin Police. However, our numerous attempts to get this interview were unsuccessful.

Originally appeared in Bar Fax, August 1981.

Interview With A Squatter - Frank Jackson

Interview with a participant in the West Berlin squatters' movement in the early 1980s.

Originally published in Bar Fax August 1981. Interview by Frank Jackson

A Short History Of The Berlin Squatting Movement December 1980 - July 1982 - Frank Jackson

squatters' demo Spring 1983

An overview of the militant squatters' movement in West Berlin in the early 1980s - and the state's attempts to clamp down on it.

Squatting In West Berlin - Hooligan Press

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Pamphlet on the early 1980s militant squatting movement in West Berlin, published by Brixton-based Hooligan Press in 1987.

Take It – Nanette Funk

An article on squatting in Berlin in the early 1980s.

Originally published in Sylvere Lotringer (ed) - Semiotext(e): The German Issue (1982).

“The Future ls Female” - Joan Reutershan

Hexenhaus squat

An article on the feminist Hexenhaus (Witch House) squat in Berlin in 1981.

Originally published in Sylvere Lotringer (ed) - Semiotext(e): The German Issue (1982)