193. Detlev-Rohwedder-Haus

Detlev-Rohwedder-Haus is one of the few large, NAZI-built buildings to survive Allied air raids in Berlin, and is a really good example of the intimidating style in which such buildings were built. It originally housed the Ministry of Aviation, and was designed to be so large that planes could land on the roof. Later, it became the House of Ministries of the GDR and finally, today, in a twist of irony it is the Ministry of Finance – possibly one of the most evil, intimidating buildings in Germany is now where the tax offices are.

In 1950, Max Linger was commissioned to come up with an 18m long mural depicting one big happy family of East Germans leading the GDR to economic success. Supposedly he was forced to revise the mural so many times that by its completion he hated the end result. The mural, and a series of information boards about how it was created, the controversey and the Uprising of 1953 in East Germany are all found on one of the corners of the building, and made for a really interesting read.

Former mural in the NAZI era

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