Anupam Bansal,
Malini Kochupillai

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Maholy Nagy

Internationale Zeitschrift
Für Visuelle Kultur

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Wilfried Wang,
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Hans Scharoun

Berlin 1956-1963



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Antiquariat Brandel 
and the Friedrichshagen Writers’ Circle


Brandel's Bookshop

Hostel am Flussbad

Kid Creole

Lakeside Residence

Overnight in Fischerkietz

Späthsches Arboretum

Treptow Crematorium

At the Flutgraben



One reaches the Antiquariat Brandel at the northern end of Scharnweberstraße, which is a quieter parallel street to the Bölschestraße, the main street of Friedrichshagen with its lively provincial setting. 
As well as focusing on literature, art, geography and travel, the owner is particularly interested in local history and the literature of the Friedrichshagen Writers’ Circle. Towards the end of the nineteenth century, a group of writers formed around Wilhelm Bölsche, Bruno Wille, Wilhelm Spohr and brothers Julius and Heinrich Hardt in this south-eastern suburb. Their libertarian, naturalist and anti-bourgeois ideas and lifestyles seem both fanciful and exciting- ly contemporary. Well-known names such as Gustav Landauer, Gerhart Hauptmann or Erich Mühsam and even Scandinavian writers like August Strindberg, were attracted to Friedrichshagen and its community of free spirits. 
The story of Peter Hille, vagabond and bohemian par excellence of the group, is touching. In great poverty and dying of hunger, he was taken in and looked after in his last hours by the writer Else Lasker-Schüler, and literally died in her arms.
The bookshop owner documents the great breath of culture that blew through Friedrichshagen in her own publication, the Friedrichshagener Hefte. In the Zeit-Galerie (Gallery) in a shed behind the bookshop, the search for literary and biographical traces of this Friedrichshagener literary phenomenon can be witnessed in various exhibitions.




Address: Scharnweberstr. 59, 12587 Berlin, +49 (0)30 6411160,
Hours of opening: Wed-Fri 12.00-18.00, Sat 9.30-12.00
Bus, Tube, Tram: S3 Friedrichshagen; Tram 60, 61 S Friedrichshagen