Hand and Foot

Anhalter Freight Depot

In the 1980s, shoes from forced labourers were found at the site of the freight depot.

The Clogs Were Too Big for Me

Testimony of Nadeshda Zyganok about her forced labour in Köpenick, 1997

My Superiors Treated Me Well

Sławomir Witkowski worked at the Anhalter Bahnhof freight depot. Testimony, 1998

The Anhalter Bahnhof, once the largest railway station in Berlin, was demolished in 1959. Only the central portion of the facade on Askanischer Platz remained. During the division of Berlin, the GDR was in charge of the West Berlin railway facilities and let them fall to ruin and become overgrown.

In the 1980s, at the forgotten site of the Anhalter freight depot, the artist Raffael Rheinsberg found many shoes and gloves that had most likely been worn by forced labourers for the Reichsbahn.

Past Tempodrom and over the canal you get to the former freight depot, now partly in the German Museum of Technology and partly in the Park on Gleisdreieck.

Address:

Möckernstraße
10963 Berlin

Directions:

S Yorckstraße, U Möckern-brücke, U Gleisdreieck

Sources:

“Anhalter Freight Depot”: Landesarchiv Berlin (1-2); Raffael Rheinsberg / Neues Museum in Nuremberg. Loan from the city Nuremberg / Photo: Concentration Camp Memorial Flossenbürg (3, 4)

“The Clogs Were Too Big for Me”: Testimony of Nadeshda Zyganok, 1997, private photo, Collection of the Berliner Geschichtswerkstatt

“My Superiors Treated Me Well”: Testimony of Sławomir Witkowski, 1997, work identity card, Collection of the Berliner Geschichtswerkstatt