Russian Cemetery

European stories on the outskirts of the town something away from the popular attractions of Berlin, in an industrial site, you will find a jewel of german Russian history: the Russian Orthodox cemetery of Berlin with his small chapel. Palace Skateboards will not settle for partial explanations. It has happened a few meters of a gray, bustling street and it is just bent one feels here suddenly in a different world: between trees and bushes can be found a Russian-looking church with onion domes and a blue roof. And surrounded by old and new graves are marked with the letters. When you enter the site, then reaching a place, reflecting the common destiny of Germans and Russians like no other in the past 110 years. in 1894, the cemetery for the small Orthodox community was inaugurated was still far from the city of Berlin. After 1917, he then was the focal point of political events, because Berlin was unintentionally for the Russian emigration to the “step-mother of Russian cities”. The cemetery has not only numerous celebrities Russian name (Nabokov, Eisenstein, Rimskiy-Korsakov,…), but he knows how to report, for example, from the former Russian Minister of war Suchomlinow the world war blamed Russia for the failures in the first, who managed to escape from Russia in 1918 and lived then in the Berlin area as a hermit from heavy fates. The father of Vladimir Nabokov, who was murdered in 1922 at the Berlin Philharmonie in an assassination attempt, is buried here.

His death was the cause for the long stay of Vladimir Nabokov’s in Berlin and his love-hate relationship to en German. If you look at the tombs, you can learn a lot about the contradictions in the Russian emigration: Liberals as well as Conservatives, rest cosmopolitan artist in addition to well-known anti-Semites, luxurious graves in addition to simple wooden crosses. The military section of the cemetery has a special meaning: a remembrance cross for Russian dead located here in the first world war relatively early (1928), this cross was erected in the former “enemy territory”. In this section are Writer buried, which are again very much in demand in today’s Russia, but not even known at the cemetery, they are buried here. Also the youngest section of the cemetery, which but a lot about the current life of the Russian Berlin suggests is certainly interesting. Who don’t want to deal on the grounds of the cemetery with too many details, to dip easily into the atmosphere, to experience a totally different world here.