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From the industrial Schöneweide out to the recreation area in Friedrichshagen, Treptow-Köpenick is a working and day-trip borough. On both sides of the Görlitzer Railway – the Berlin-Görlitz stretch that goes through the once single borough of Treptow – industrial areas were being developed a long time ago. With over 56% of its employable population working jobs that are subject to social insurance contributions, people from Treptow and Köpenick are Berlin’s most active on the job market. Perhaps as compensation, opportunities for a well-earned battery recharge are plentiful Köpenick’s green areas around the Müggelsee.

The borough is not yet attractive to other EU citizens: only 2.7% of its population come from elsewhere in the EU, though their numbers are greater in Treptow than Köpenick.

Who governs?

Oliver Igel is the Social Democratic mayor of Treptow-Köpenick. His party won 17 seats in the 2011 BVV (local) election. The Left Party won 15 seats, the CDU (Christian Democrats) 9, the Greens 6, the Pirates 4 and the NPD (National Democratic Party of Germany) 2. One member is an independent.

On 18 September 2016, all EU-citizens have the opportunity to vote for the district assembly. You can find out here what it is all about and how it works in six different languages.

A date

21 June 1933 marked the beginning of the “Köpenicker Blutwoche” (week of blood). The SA (Sturmabteilung: “storm troopers”) – the paramilitary wing of the Nazi party – arrested and tortured more than 500 people from the workers’ movement, among them many members of the SPD. There were many fatalities. The SPD was banned across Germany on the following day.

A film

“Der Hauptmann von Köpenick” (The Captain of Köpenick) is a German classic. The film is inspired by the true story of Wilhelm Voigt, a cobbler who, dressed in an army captain’s uniform, occupied Köpenick’s city hall (at that time Cöpenick) and stole the city treasuries. The film was German cinema’s first big hit after World War II.

An attraction

The Sowjetische Ehrenmal (Soviet War Memorial) in Treptower Park is the final resting place of 7,000 soldiers. While the fallen are watched over by a 3m-high, grieving statue of Mother Russia, another statue depicts a soldier treading on broken swastikas. This unusual memorial, like others in Berlin (Straße der 17. Juni and Schönholzer Heide in Pankow), were built after the Second World War in honour of the 80,000 Soviet soldiers who died in 1945 in the Battle of Berlin.

An unusual attraction

The Funkhaus Nalepastraße (Nalepastraße studios) is quite an unknown part of East Berlin’s past. The building was constructed in 1951 as the headquarters of official (and propagandising) broadcasting in the east. The Milk Bar and the large studio are the building’s two main attractions, but walking its many corridors is also worth the effort. Today, the studios are slowly becoming a cultural centre.

Which is your favourite place in Treptow-Köpenick? What could the borough do better, how should it change? Your comments are part of the political discussion leading up to the BVV (local) election!

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