Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church - Berlin
The Protestant Kaiser Wilhelm Church in Berlin, Germany
This is the Church I was baptized in, Kaiser Wilhelm Church Berlin, Germany.
A short history of this Protestant Kaiser Wilhelm Church
Originally the church was built in 1890's and then destroyed in WWII November 23, 1943.
The church was named in Honor of Kaiser William I by his grandson Kaiser Wilhelm II...designed by a contest winner Franz Schwechten and consecrated September 1, 1895. Completion with the opening consecration on February 22, 1906...Then again after the war the new church was consecrated May 25, 1962.
(Church before it was destroyed)
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Kaiser Wilhelm Church "Before" being destroyed by the bombings
Traveling back in time with the history and photographs of this church...
This Historical Memorial Church is a must see when in Berlin Germany.
see photos below:
I can say proudly, that I and my twin (fraternal) sister were baptized in this famous German Church Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche about a year before it was destroyed.
We had the most beautiful Christening gowns. They were made from my grandmother Georgianna's wedding dress of French lace with beaded seed pearls...what I would give, to have those dresses now! They were lost or left behind in Berlin due to our migration during the war. All I have is one photograph for that day, and a label from a Champagne bottle.
As seen I painted this event for my Blog of Childhood memories.
Standing on the steps where mom stood
To enter the church was a heart wrenching experience, that's because my mom always wanted to take me there. Eventhough I never got to visit there together as an adult, she was in my heart and spirit...I lit a candle and prayed for her.
My husband took a photo of me on the very steps where mom held me and my sister on our Baptism day...I hope to be able to go back again some day.
Champagne bottle label - Brut Imperial 1928 Moet & Chandon Champagne Epernay
The other side of the label -
Champagne for the Christening...
Amazing that this item could be found during the war, but I guess if you have enough money anything can be bought. I'm happy to have this label commemorating that day...I just wish I had a bottle of this Champagne "Brut Imperial 1928 Moet & Chandon Champagne Epernay"
On the reverse side of this label includes the names of relatives and friends that attended our Christening.
My Tante (Aunt) Eva was my Godmother, she was the youngest of mom's sisters, so one of my middle names is Eva.
My sister's Godmother was Tante Ruth and her Godfather's name has been forgotten, although one of her middle names is Teddi...something I had meant to ask my aunts, but they are all gone now, so really it doesn't matter.
Because of my father having a title of Baron, we inherited the titles of Baroness. We did not use the titles after becoming citizens...in this country a title means nothing unless you have the money to back it up...so be it!
Postcard from my Aunt Margot -
My Aunt Margot (Tante Margot) sent me this postcard in 1964 and she marked it with, "this is where you were Baptized."
The last time I visited with her in Nuremberg, she told me the Pastor that baptized us was quite famous, something I never knew.
If it were not for this aunt I wouldn't have been able to confirm many stories about the family (I miss her dearly) She spoke English and it was easy to understand her, she's one reason I write about this, so that I will never forget or that my daughters never forget, who and what my family stood for (sadly both of my girls have no interest in my past or family's past, but they might someday when I'm gone.)
After the bombingClick thumbnail to view full-size
One of my first Photos of the Church - back side
Another View at a Different Time Setting
A candle lit for my mom and dad in the church
Inside the church
The New modern Church had been added - Inside
We where lucky enough to be there when they had a free special concert of wonderful music, mostly sung in English. The service was late at night 11:00 pm...the lights from the outside came through the blue stain glass...it was lovely, I am so glad we chose to go to this.
Service and singing - was in English
An evening stroll viewing the Church
Born, Baptized and Lived on Kurfürstendamm
We were born at a Hospital on this street Kurfürstendamm, my father also had a Photography Studio, and the House that we lived in on this street. The Hospital was not a real one, but a mansion converted into a Hospital.
We left the Hospital early because my mother and father were angry. One of the nurses spilled boiling water on my left leg causing a severe burn and scar to this day... when my mother questioned the nurse why I was wrapped up and not all of me could be seen, the nurse replied that she feared my dad because of his title...so my father insisted that we leave the Hospital, and that was certainly a Blessing in disguise, the Hospital was bombed the following day, and everyone perished.
Enjoying a wonderful breakfast at the Hotel Hardenberg
My husband and I where so very lucky to get a room reserved at this Hotel Hardenberg...it was one block from the train station Berlin and right across the street from the Memorial Church, between Kurfurstendamm and the Zoo station. The Hotel manager who spoke English made special arrangements for us to get a room, this after he found out about my Berlin family history. All the hotels in town had been booked and all rooms were taken, this because of the World Champion Soccer 2006 Tournament...we were lucky indeed to have gotten this room.
The only regret I have about our visit there was my lack of research of Berlin touring places, it never occurred to me to visit a tour place there, since I forgot to do it at home...we did go on a boat trip down the river in Berlin, went to the Museum, then to the Wall and the Brandenburg Gate, of course walking a great deal...I guess I was just too excited being there and overwhelmed with it all, there were so many people and so much noise because the Germans won a tournament in Berlin...you can imagine the pandemonium...it scared me!
After Berlin, our next stop was Dresden where my dad and other family members were born, what a treat and wonderful experience that was. I wish I had known what I know now when we visited, but that gives me a chance to go back for another visit.
I wrote a little part about our visit in a page already having information on Dresden and family (see my family crest page)
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Mapped portion where the Church is located
Link List for the church or Berlin
- Google web images of the Kaiser-Wilhelm church
- Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church From Wikipedia
- Church in Berlin
Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in Berlin
- Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church - Berlin Guide in English
The Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church or GedÃ¤chtniskirche is one of West Berlin's iconic buildings: destroyed during the war, it was left as a half-ruin as a war memorial.Breitscheidplatz, 10789 Berlin, Germany
- Photographs of bombed Kaiser Wilhelm Church which is now a Memorial in Berlin
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