Hello, Haverford! This is a picture of Berlin’s famous Brandenburger Tor at sunset. It marks the spot of one of the city’s gateways, back when (as is typical for medieval times) a city wall surrounded the whole thing. The Brandenburger Tor is the only one of these gates still standing, and is the symbol of Berlin. It’s lived through WWI, WWII, and the Cold War, when the Berlin Wall stood right in front of it. You could say it’s a kind of testament to the resilience of the German people and their ability to survive and endure, despite unimaginable bouts of horrors and cultural shame throughout their history. Or you could just say it’s kinda pretty.
Anna Russell ’14 is a theatre major spending the spring semester abroad with IES in Berlin, Germany.