Dr. Heinrich Niemann
im Schlosspark Biesdorf
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Good afternoon. My name is Dr. Heinrich Niemann. I’m at Biesdorf Park today to act as chairman of ‘Friends of Biesdorf Palace’ (German: Freunde Schloss Biesdorf). We’re an association founded almost 20 years ago. We’ve played a significant role in restoring the Biesdorf Palace back to its original splendor. The palace reopened five years ago. The palace’s garden and the palace itself are both protected monuments. Having survived two world wars, the trees in the park are a good 150 years old. After the palace caught fire in 1945, the Soviet army, which was known as the Red Army at that time, confiscated the park and established a military cemetery in the southern part of the garden. This is why the trees are as old as they are.

This cemetery existed between 1946 and 1958, and over 460 soldiers, officers, civilian employees, and sadly even children were buried around the park. The graves were later reburied in Marzahn Park Cemetery. The birch trees (the national tree of Russia) planted here after 1945, as well as the three birch trees planted by our association last year, act as a reminder of this history. Had it not been for the cemetery wall, these old trees would have been cut down and burned as firewood, as the other trees in the park were. Although no one had the intention of preserving these old trees, their beauty can still be appreciated today simply because of the historical circumstances they lived through.

Barbara
im Schlosspark Biesdorf
barbara

My name is Barbara, and I'm in the park Biesdorf Palace. I arranged for our therapy group to meet here. We come together to talk about the pains and struggles we all face in life. Many people who live alone were forced to stay at home during the pandemic. They especially need someone to talk to, and the best way to do that is to get out of the house. So I thought it'd be nice to meet here in the park and have a picnic. We brought coffee, tea, cake and snacks.

We chose this park because it's easy to get to by public transportation. Many people prefer meeting in a place that’s easy to get to by foot. Plus, it’s spring, and the park is in full bloom. We're all so happy to be here!

Matthias
im Schlosspark Biesdorf
Matthias

My name is Matthias Raupach, and I'm an actor. We once did a funny play: It was called "Sissi – The Plump Years of an Empress" (GERMAN: Sissi – Beuteljahre einer Kaiserin). It was based on the old Sissi movies and performed for a gay event. We did this hilarious photoshoot in the park. I was the Empress of Austria, two-meters tall, and we had to sneak through the park in full costume, onto the set, and walk up the palace’s paron. It was like running the gauntlet with all the Japanese tourists chasing us to take pictures! There were five or six of us all dressed up in period costumes. To be honest, it was a trash production, but that's what made it funny.