The Bethanien Hospital was opened in 1847 on Mariannenplatz in the Kreuzberg district of Berlin. The name is a very common one given to many hospitals run by the church due to the connection with the story of Lazarus of Bethany, who was brought back to life in one of the miracles of Jesus.
Bethanien was used both as hospital and barracks during the second world war, but its significance waned after the war and it was finally closed in 1970. The subsequent planned demolition led to fierce resistance and it being taken over by squatting leftist activists and artists. The community in the old hospital would create many collaborative art projects and the cult singer Rio Reiser also began his creative career there. Today Bethanien is a centre for contemporary art exhibitions and events.
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Music by: Andreas Lundström