S: Berlin International
BC: By Jill Weidenbener
FC: My Trip to the International Convention in Berlin
1: View from my hotel room-Franzosisher Dom My roommate Sharon Ellis & I by the subway entrance Sidewalk cafe across the street (notice man in background) Help Desk for Delegates Breakfast Room Entrance to Hotel
2: I enjoyed my bike tour. I saw a circular bike tour. And there are many beautiful bridges so there are boat tours. Batchellors were on a boat tour when they saw me on my bike tour. On the left I am by the Siegessaule or The Victory Column. On the right I am across from the House of World Cultures which the Germans call the Pregnant Oyster because of the shape of the building. Also below is some graffiti I thought was funny. It says "Can't Buy Me Love."
3: Where Hitler's Bunker was is now a parking lot | Holocaust Memorial | Potdamer Platz | Bellevue Palace-Residence of President mostly a figure head | Marie-Elisabeth Luders Haus Federal Building where the Chancellor, the one with the power, does most of her work.
4: Berlin is a city of old & new side by side. Below is Reichstag the seat of German Parliament. It has the beautiful old relief but also has a modern glass dome that you can walk up into. My bike tour guide is to the right. The picture on the right is a row of buildings, but some are false fronts that they put on while they are working on a building.
5: The first picture is a 368 meter TV tower that is an identifying mark of Berlin. It has what looks like a giant disco ball that you can go up into. Below it in the picture you can see Neptune's Fountain The last picture is of a window that was bricked off so that people could not jump out over the wall when it was there. | This is the Hotel where Michael Jackson dangled his baby off the balcony. The other picture is one of many sculptures in Berlin. It is in Tiergarten, a huge park that used to be a private hunting grounds. The park also has a zoo with 13,000 animals.
6: Every morning Brothers & Sisters poured out of the Hotel, this morning for bus tours. Brothers took turns presenting the Daily Text on the bus. Me by part of the wall that is still intact.
7: Brandenburg Gate where President Reagan made the famous speech saying "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"
8: I saw more things close up on the bike tour, but on the bus tour the guide pointed out some things I hadn't seen. Especially many of the 147 foreign embassies Berlin has been host to since the reunification of Germany. The one pictured here almost looked like lace and was round. | Here are 3 more bridges. in the background of the first picture is their huge glass train station, more of the old & new. The last bridge if I remember right was in the Bourne Ultimatum movie.
9: A traffic psychologist created the Ampelmann traffic signal you see to the side and below. The idea is that if you capture more attention people are more likely to follow the direction. The bottom right is the signal for West Germany. After reunification there was a fight to keep the East German Ampelmann. I fell in love with him, don't you think he is the cutest!
10: We had lunch at a restaurant that was just witnesses & they had the tables marked by bus group. We didn't order, they just had a meal for us, which saved a lot of time.
11: Bus #3 (not in order pictured) Jean Lewes Toussaint-Bus Captain, Debbie Berry Toussaint, Tammy Armstead, Lori Bentley, Amanda Bowen, Marc Collins, Ida Dominguez, Monique Drummond-Barnett, Mery Duran De Arce, Sharon Ellis, Tanya Fleming, Dalphyne Gibbs, Fabian Gudino, Clarissa Gudino, Christine Hernandez, Mikala Hyatt, Davina Hyatt, Khrista Lawrence, Deketra Lawrence, Patricia Meade, Everlyn Meade, Florence Meade, Annie Jo Naveira, Kelli Sharpe, Shawn Sharpe, Marcus Vaught, Jill Weidenbener & Elenora Williams.
12: Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp The front gate says the same as other concentration camps. Translated it is "Work Will Make You Free" A Massive Lie! The middle pictures are of their living conditions. Barracks & Restroom. Below: The camp was a barren place & it rained.
13: We only had a limited amount of time so I mostly looked at things having to do with the brothers. This was the camp where August Dickmann was executed.
14: Above: Friends from Bus #3 Below: Marcus Vaught read more about the camp on our way back | Friends from Africa joined us. Nancy Koland found me while I was getting on the bus. We found out we were staying across the hall from each other in the same hotel. Below was our tour guide for the camp and his wife.
15: Hotel Breakfast Buffet was a real treat. They made omelets to your liking, had meat & pastries & cereals & yogurt & juice & fruit. I tried lox and one morning they made me the best Belgium Waffle ever. | Across from the hotel I tried Ostrich Sausage. I was surprised that most of the sausage I had was more the consistency of hot dogs, I thought they would be more coarse. | The lunch I had while on my bike tour was a favorite. The sausages were more coarse and the rice & sauce were yummy also fresh veggies. | I had this Meter Dog at a place behind the hotel. Brother Loesch was eating there and I was able to visit with him & his wife and their friends | Some of the Food I Enjoyed
16: The Pergamon museum was open late one night after the session. The Kolands & I went & a sister from Estonia was in line with us. Everyone sang Kingdom Songs.
17: I especially wanted to see Ishtar Gate & the Processional Way of Babylon, just like the picture in the Daniel book of the young Hebrews entering Babylon.
18: Mshatta facade from a 8th century residential palace given to Emperor Wilhelm II from an Ottoman Sultan | Islamic Art-Aleppo Room The walls were tapestry. | Pergamon Alter & Gigantamachy Frieze | There were many ivory carvings.
19: Some Things I Forgot to Add Airport arrival-Mikala & Davina Hyatt (mother & daughter) & Khrista & Dee Lawrence (aunt & niece) More of my Bus #3 buddies. My room & bathroom at the hotel was very nice. A street performer close to the Brandenburg Gate
22: The Convention was held at the Olympic Stadium that Hitler had built for the 1936 Olympics. I am sure he never imagined that it would be filled with almost 50,000 of Jehovah's Witnesses | There was an Olympic Pool on the grounds. | There were four language areas English, Polish, German & Russian | The Arena was soon full. The language groups were separated by empty sections with the speakers directed toward their language.
23: When we began to sing I started to cry. It was so Incredible! It started to sink in I WAS REALLY THERE! | We had umbrella's for Sun & Rain | Each language had their own stage with talks in their own language except the talks given by Brother Loesch. Those were translated and he was shown on the big screens. | Voices from all languages sang praise to Jehovah. Release of the new songbook was announced.
24: There was a way I had not seen of making a contribution, an electronic charge. I guess they are like debit cards here. But of course there was still the good ol' contribution box. Our lunches were box lunches prepared for us. The first day we all got in line, but thankfully the other days a couple of brothers from our bus group went and got them all.
25: Each day families would stream in on the path from the subway. This toddler was riding high on his baby brother's stroller. I only saw the Batchellors on the first day at lunch. A good day to see them since they all had on their cowboy attire. Sharon finally found her pioneer partner from back home.(a character I can tell) On the way back to the hotel the first day we were stopped by the police, they said it was for a reality TV show and that our bus checked out just fine.
26: It was a privledge to be there with Russian brothers & sisters. The young couple above spent quite a bit of time speaking to me in broken English about where they live & their congregation. Karin Uutela (top R) still emails pictures. The older ones faces reflected years of faithful service through the many years of opposition. I just wanted to hug them all tight!
27: What I will remember the most about the Polish brothers is their love of music. Outside during lunch they would be playing instruments, singing & dancing. The brother in the top picture has an accordion and in the bottom picture the brother had a small wooden instrument and the couple was dancing. He stopped playing to give them instruction on their dancing. The middle picture is of Baptismal candidates leaving. Most of the Polish section stayed through lunch and sang through the entire baptism. Something I will Never Forget!
30: C H I L D R E N
31: The children loved giving & getting little goodies. This little guy was very serious about getting the new publication.
34: I happened to meet this brother who along with his wife serve in the circuit work. He talked with me for quite some time and shared this postcard showing the kind of homes in his territory. There is more to this story. PLEASE ASK ME ABOUT IT!
35: I also met Sam & Kristal York who are in the circuit work in the Ukraine. She told me that many of the brothers only had permission to be out of the country for a very limited time so their luggage was in the big white tent in the background so that they could leave immediately after the session. In the forefront of the picture is the line to the additional restroom. I enjoy emails from the Yorks, their life would fill many books. I also enjoyed getting to meet Brother Loesch and visiting with him for a short while.
36: Sherry Fennel & Sharon Ellis with me. | Marg Lubers-Her husband sent me a wonderful video of the sites and the convention and there is a scene with us taking this picture. | Two Characters from Scotland | Sharon is from Atlanta, Georgia, this couple was from the country of Georgia | I met lots of Wonderful People!
37: Some of the Many Signs