one day at a time

day 299: Ministry of War

Ministry of War © Verena Fischer 2012

Ministry of War © Verena Fischer 2012


Is it only me or is it somewhat disturbing that the German Ministry of Finance is now located in the building that used to be the Ministry of War before and during WW2? The fate of Europe is again being decided in the same ridiculously oppressive building. We were actually on the way to the Architects of the Revolution exhibition in the Martin Gropius Bau, but passed by the Topography of Terror exhibition from where you can see this bit of the wall and the Ministry of War / Finance.

I have to say though that the names of the ministries were definitely more honest back then. Names like ‘Ministry of Defence’ or ‘Ministry of Finance’ don’t really capture the imperialist attitudes still conveyed by the foreign politics of several countries (US, UK, Germany etc). How about giving the Ministry of Finance a more appropriate name like Ministry of Mayhem and Destruction?


13 responses

  1. Interesting photo, with “strange” connection between the wall (ex) and this sad dark building just behind.
    PS: no, it is not only you.

    June 10, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    • Well, the Ministry of War and the wall are like cause and effect in some way. I still can’t quite believe how the buildings around it got badly damaged during the war, while this one wasn’t. Maybe it was purposefully left standing. Thanks for stopping by Robert!

      June 10, 2012 at 10:49 pm

  2. You’ve certainly captured a very sinister atmosphere. Great photograph.

    June 10, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    • Thanks Richard! I really looked hard for the right angle after discovering the building just days before.

      June 10, 2012 at 10:50 pm

  3. liramusic

    Much credit on this, for your text, the metaphorical connection, and the geometry of the photo. Metaphor is part of the highest level of picture taking. On top of that you allowed the building to look like a dreary prison scene (and guess who are the prisoners). The only step better would be a darker sky… or maybe better yet lighting bolts. Lord have mercy on us.

    June 11, 2012 at 3:34 am

    • Thank you for your comments liramusic. Actually, I already darkened the sky quite a bit and since I was playing around with it for a while I realised that anything darker would have looked fake. I actually prefer that it looks like a storm is brewing, but that it’s not quite there yet.

      June 11, 2012 at 10:52 am

  4. liramusic

    Looks like a damn horror movie. Sorry for losing composure. Darn, look at that beast of a structure.

    June 11, 2012 at 3:36 am

    • Exactly my reaction when I walked around this building. I took many more pictures, but only this one really managed to capture how creepy this building really is, especially since it’s right next to the Topography of Terror exhibition.

      June 11, 2012 at 10:53 am

  5. liramusic

    Hey… remember Pink Floyd, the wall.
    That building gives me the creeps; wow, what a photo idea; your good.

    June 11, 2012 at 3:38 am

    • Thanks liramusic, encouragement like this is always appreciated 🙂

      June 11, 2012 at 10:54 am

  6. Hahaha… I don’t think your feelings about this place influenced the shot at all.
    It’s really very cheerful looking, Ms. F.

    June 11, 2012 at 7:42 pm

  7. Alfred Hitchcock would have LLooved this building. :)) spilledinkguy made me laugh but yessss, and could we get Bela Lugosi to return from the grave (he died in 1956) and I’ll start working on the script tonight at midnight… yes. We’ll keep the whole film in contrasty B&W, yes.

    June 11, 2012 at 9:41 pm

  8. liramusic

    Ok… We need Bela Lugosi back from the grave. He died in 1956, but that’s ok. We’ll make a movie. Yess. that’s it. A movie… heh heh heh heh… I want a thunder storm and maybe just one raven or a bunch. Minimalism. Slow steps showing just the shoes. Empty hallways.

    June 11, 2012 at 9:48 pm

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