Seeing Berlin’s History In Its Street Names

“The city is full of streets and squares named after Beethoven (five of them), Bach (four), Wagner, Schubert, Schönberg, Schiller, Lessing, Schopenhauer, Fichte, Hegel. … And Berlin also uses street names as atonement for the crimes of history: hence Jesse-Owens-Allee, Hannah-Arendt-Strasse, Ben-Gurion-Strasse and a platz named after the great critic Walter Benjamin.”

Source: The Guardian (UK) 03/18/11