Walking Tour: Unrest in Moabit (123rd Anniversary Edition)

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  • 17/09/2023
    14:00 - 16:30

When we picture riots in Berlin, we all think of Kreuzberg. But 77 years before the Neighborhood Uprising in Kreuzberg, Moabit saw the biggest riots in the city’s history. In 1910, a run-of-the-mill strike by coalmen escalated. Within a week, up to 30,000 workers were on the streets fighting against police. This week of street battles became known as the Moabit Unrest.

That strike began on Monday, September 19, 1910, so 123 years before our tour.

In a two-hour walking tour, we will look at Moabit’s enormous factories, some of which are still standing. We will visit the bars where socialist workers got organized, and look at spots where windows were smashed, fires were started, and shots rang out. Women workers played a prominent role in the unrest, and we will see where journalists wrote about “bloodthirsty amazons.”

Our tour will be meeting at the corner of Beusselstraße and Sickingenstraße, near S-Bhf Beusselstraße, in front of Hotel Sickinger Hof. We will meet at 2pm and leave by 2:10pm.

The tour will end two hours later at the Amtsgericht, near U-Bhf Turmstraße. We will not be using public transportation — the tour will be entirely outside.

Suggested donation is 10 euros per person, but any contribution is appreciated and none is required. You can also pick up a signed copy of the book Revolutionary Berlin. which we reviewed here