A new month has started, and a few weeks down the line, half of 2020 would have gone by. Let’s try to soften the “blues” of the same.
Berlin, the Capital of Germany. This city needs no introduction and perhaps occupies the Top of the Mind space during any reference to Germany. Berlin has been the Capital of Germany from 1417 CE to 1945 CE. It resumed its position as the Capital of Unified Germany since 1991 CE and remained so since then.
Berlin may be a great tourist destination full of a rich history, gastronomy, parks and beautiful sights and scenes. To me, however, Berlin is an idea – a living example of Hope, Perseverance, Resistance and the ultimate Victory. Berlin represents the indomitable spirit of the people – one who refused to give up. I felt that inexplicable yet overwhelming adrenaline rush and goosebumps every second of my time spent in Berlin. This feeling will be the same even in my 100th visit to this place..
First of all, my sincere apologies for the picture quality. I couldn’t click a decent picture because of clicking the object within glass walls, that too from a distance.
This picture is taken in the Deutsches Historisches Museum (German Historical Museum) in Berlin. You might be wondering what’s so special with this hat.
It turns out that this hat, or bicorne, was worn by none other than the French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte himself. Yes, that’s right.
Napoleon Bonaparte usually made several copies of these bicornes and took them with himself in his military campaigns. Nepoleon however lost the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 CE to a combined British, Dutch and Prussian (German) forces, which put an end to his career. Napoleon was caught and exiled. This particular bicorne was captured by the Prussian major Heinrich Eugen Freiherr von Keller from the Imperial Carriage of Napoleon in Waterloo. The bicorne came to Berlin as a trophy of the war.
This is a relic from such an important event in world history, which perhaps altered its course once and for all. I felt so surreal and close to History and the Battle of Waterloo, seeing this relic. Who could have thought that such a simple hat would be a witness to such an important phase of History?
I can daresay that if a history enthusiast takes a simple walk along any random street of Berlin, he or she is bound to feel goosebumps and adrenaline rush coursing his/her veins with every step taken. Berlin’s vibes makes one feel that the City is very much alive – inspiring the resident never to give up, no matter what. It wordlessly yet firmly guides the inquisitive person across its streets and along the river Spree to cherish the rich heritage of the city, lays bare its painful scars and proudly showcases what the future holds in store for the city and for a beautiful and united Germany.
My Humble Poem on Berlin
Oh! What a sorry sight to behold Destruction and desolation doth lie here untold.. The people, beaten to the brow Now await, helpless, as they are fragmented and torn to the core.. Oh! What a sorrow and an agonizing fall When brothers, sisters and friends are torn apart by an Evil Wall.. The will of an ancestor did stitch a Holy Empire Will the will ever return, to stitch the heart's bier? For it is easy to sit, easy to remain torn Arduous however it is, to fuse, to be reborn.. The rebirth happens, the Will does return As the very people, for their kith and kin beckon In this hallowed ground shall a Republic be formed Uniting the people. Now the Wall shall be scorned The Country shall rise, for the Evil Wall now falls As cries of Freedom now echo the Reich's hallowed halls..!! As the Phoenix rose from ashes, so did the Great Barbarossa from odds untold The Unified Republic now rises from the walls broken, brimming with hopes and glorious tales untold..
The picture was taken in June 2019 CE
Nokia 6.1 Mobile Phone Camera
Hope you liked the Napoleon’s bicorne and my poem for Berlin.
Berlin is like an ocean of history and culture where one can find relics of German and World history to a rising futuristic utopia. As I said earlier, Berlin occupies a special place in my heart and shall continue to do so forever.
I need to take a leave and listen go listen to Deutschlandlied. My brain kept looping this gem of a song (which by the way is the National Anthem of Germany) over and over in my head as long as I was in Berlin, and I am almost subconsciously humming it’s tunes as I am writing this.
Looking forward to interacting more with you and “Make Mondays un-mundane”..
© Abirbhav Mukherjee. All the pictures / videos posted in this article are my own unless otherwise mentioned.