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In the last 30 years
Dresden has changed dramatically. At the post office
the occasion for modern architecture has been missed.

Only the cheese bell remained. Otherwise, the vision of Wilsdruffer Street has changed dramatically in recent decades. Not for the better, according to the author Peter Ufer.

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Peter Shore

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Whenever I am at the post office, I think one of them has been cheated. There is a cheap hotel that looks like a barracks on earth, facing the SAP building, whose facade is so indifferent to the area, as if Dresden did not care. It could also be different in Düsseldorf. For me, this is the place of missed or missed opportunities.

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The Baroque Zwinger stands on the north side, built more than 300 years ago as an architectural innovation, planned by August the Strong as the forecourt of a new castle, used as an orangery and garden, as well only in a reception room, among other things for the wedding of his son. the daughter of Emperor Maria Josepha of Austria. Opposite, the Schauspielhaus Neubarock and Art Nouveau, adapted to the kennel with arcades. Everything revolves around the "cheese bell" like the rest of the day before. Since 1928, the old waiting room marks the center of the Postplatz.

My grandmother, born in 1904, always bought me the monthly student card for the streetcar in the early 80s and regularly stated that Sophia's church was standing around the corner, which could still subsist if Ulbricht had not given the order in 1961. to shoot them down. Today, a friendly restaurateur pours coffee and fruit wines into the bell. In a showcase reminiscent of the retro Busmannkapelle to the church in ruins.

The restoration of the past as a place of commemoration is deserving of merit, barely wedged between a white chocolate bar and a mirrored currywurst cube. The bar itself is called marketingfein "The Living House", the cuboid called the restaurant "Max" and is now in the place where once the coffee "espresso" was placed. For example, over the last 30 years, the names and settings of a place in Dresden have returned to their historical structure, but have not gained profile.

My grandmother said that after the purchase of the ticket, the Postplatz was neither beautiful nor finished before the war, but rather the boulevard of a growing city, a transit place with a modern post office, a telegraph office and restaurants. Here, all the important tram lines have crossed, extended to the shopping streets, led to shops, theaters and meeting places. See him if damaged after the attack had hurt him.

View of the Postplatz 1930 coming from Ostra-Allee. After the heavy destruction caused by the war, the face of Dresden has changed.

© Holger Naumann Archives

Then she said, we would have to go through the Wilsdruffer, in front of the book house up to the Centrum store on Altmarkt, to buy me something beautiful. I told him that this avenue would now be called Ernst-Thälmann-Straße, but she only said that it was already dead and that, for a real Dresdner, Wilsdruffer would still be the Wilsdruffer and that it would be the same. she would call again. She should be right.

As a high school graduate, I earned a little money in the late 1980s when Komparse at the Schauspielhaus, and often after the show, we entered the "cube", mixed with so-called Apprentices among the guests of the company parties, danced with the young staff, served us and the buffet, consisting mainly of sausages and beer. We used public property as a free saturation supplement. There is nothing left.

The "Zwinger's House" was demolished as ruthlessly as Sophia's Church, my mother, born in 1936, recently told me, as I stood by her side at the post office. Sometimes she does not recognize her own city anymore. The "House of the Book", later "Linde House", no longer exists either. Since we bought books at the time of the GDR or sold the prized copies of booksellers. Nobody would have had the idea to call it sustainable. It was convenient when the racks of literature at home were overflowing and others might want more. On the site is now a building of the "Altmarkt-Gallery", no less faceless than the SAP replacement of the old restaurant HO.

The worlds have always met at Postplatz, my mother said. In 1953, the workers demonstrated here against the SED government and its guardianship, as it is again demonstrated today. The uprising was crushed. In 2008, the city inaugurated a memorial in memory of the event, a sidewalk chain with a shield in the ground. Not visible, as if you had to hide. Why did not the city use the courage of the uprising to admit a bold architecture in this place? The development plan dates back to the 1990s, when the claims were completely different. Urban planners have never managed to achieve a contemporary architecture of high quality.

All around, new buildings have emerged in recent years. The Oberpostdirektion at the edge of the square was rebuilt, she created apartments as "residence on the square". The telecommunication office built between 1978 and 1981 no longer exists. Everything is going so fast now, said my mother. On the open part of the former imperial telephone exchange, which was bombed in 1945, is now the "Haus am Postplatz", quoted above the old clock, the facade looks like a molded concrete brick. And I still think, some had to be wrong here. Once again missed a chance.

Our author:

Peter Ufer, 55, is the author of the and the co-publisher of the bookzin "Stadtluft Dresden" – a mix of magazine and book with essays, portraits and reports on Dresden and Dresden. With filmmaker Ernst Hirsch, he created the DVD series "Dresdner Filmschätze" on the history of the city.


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