Where we came from... Germany

Some pictures from our little hometown
up to John F. Kennedy's Berlin:
"Ich bin ein Berliner"!

Our German little hometown:
in the past family history begins in the year 1622 in a small town named Zernickow (the place in front in the phozograph), in the back the town is named Seelow in eastern Germany near by Berlin 45 miles away. The regio is named Oderbruch, it belongs to the Mark Brandenburg..
Aerial photograph © Wolfgang Pehlemann -

Aerial photograph of the city of Berlin
A view over Berlin, Germany, Center of city and the new places of government (since 1990) on the left side of TV Tower. Sorry for non quality pic, it was forbidden crossing the city with an aeroplane...
photograph © Wolfgang Pehlemann

Berlin, Germany, base of American Forces for free Europe during the Cold War between East and West: 

“You are leaving the American sector" (of West-Berlin in the Friedrichstraße), suggesting up to 1989: “be careful” - the information in American, Russian, French and German languages

With ref. to the erection of the "Wall of Berlin" (erected in 1961 by the East Germans, GDR) President of United States of America, John F. Kennedy ordered to install three checkpoints (gates) at various places in the wall. The reason was – by international contracts – to keep the allied rights to act in all four sectors (American, Russian, French and British sectors) by allied troups and diplomatic corps entering and leaving Berlin West and East.

"Checkpoint Charlie"

Checkpoint Charlie became the most welknown checkpoint of all. This point was categorized as Checkpoit C. But why named Checkpoint Charlie? Spelling words we are using the American alphabet this way: alpha, bravo, charlie – a, b, c – checkpoint alpha, checkpoint bravo, the third checkpoint was named CHECKPOINT C, C spelled CHARLIE and became this way the most famous checkpoint in Berlin.  

Visiting Europe, especially West-Berlin on June 26, 1963, U.S. President John F. Kennedy delivered his important speech to boost People of free Berlin (and American Soldiers in Berlin too):"Ich bin ein Berliner" ("I am a Berliner").

Today a lot of people asking for the Checkpoint Charlie after removal in June 1990, so government of Berlin rebuilt a copy. Now the visitors of Berlin will find a replica of the Checkpoint Charlie at the original site, Friedrichstraße in Berlin, Germany, as seen on the photograph..