Our exhibit at Second Life’s 14th birthday community celebration

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This year’s theme for the SL14b Community Celebration is “Carnivalesque!”,

Looking at Berlin during the 1920s, it was not easy to find a connection between this city and the exotic theme.
Although the 1920s were a golden era for Berlin, for most people it was a harsh time, with extreme poverty, political instability, crime and in stead of living in brand new modern comfortable Bauhaus buildings most people lived in small dark apartments, such as the infamous ‘Mietskazernes’, rent barracks, the tenements.

But when doing my research I found several pictures and drawings (especially by the amazing Heinrich Zille) showing these same common working class people having dances, parties and even a circus in those typical Berlin ‘Hofs’, the courtyards that existed inbetween their tenements.

This inspired me for our SL14B exhibit.

I have created a typical Berlin “Hinterhof” as it could have looked in the 1920s.
A courtyard overlooked by lots of small apartments where big families lived.
The tenants are having their ‘Carnival’, the yard has been decorated, a biergarten has been set up in a corner, there is a little stage and the place is ready for a party, allowing our Berliner to forget their worries for a short moment.

Every day during the first week of SL14B, at 2pm SLT Berlin locals will gather here in the Hof and have a drink, dance and chat.
You’re welcome to join us.

The 1920s Berlin Project has been an vibrant community in Second Life for over 8 years and has allowed many thousands of people the opportunity to do not only try but share one of the most exiting adventures imaginable; Time Travel.

As a historical immersive roleplaying sim, people are given the chance to step back into the past to try and find out what life was like in this wonderful city before the Nazis took over.

If you want to come and visit us, click here;
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL14B%20Wonderous/129/164/30

Keep in mind though, the sims won’t open to the public till the official opening at noon SLT on June the 18th.

Auf Wiedersehen!

Jo Yardley

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Relaxed Rules Day in Berlin

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On the 6th of June we are organising a so called ‘Relaxed Rules Day’.

As you of course know, Berlin has a dress code, we ask visitors to look realistic and authentic for the theme of our sim.
But once a year, as part of our anniversary celebrations, we decide to relax these rules to give new people a chance to explore our sim even if they don’t feel like dressing up or changing their avatar.

On Relaxed Rules Day we will NOT be asking people to dress in the 1920s style and we will be welcoming unrealistic looking avatars such as furries, tinies, etc.
The only rules we will be enforcing are that we will not accept public nudity or Nazi related behaviour and dress.
Of course anyone bothering or harassing people will also be send home.

This may be a good day to show Berlin to your friends who have not been here before and may feel a bit intimidated by our rules or roleplay.

For our tenants this is also a special day.
It can be a lot of fun to ‘let your hair down’ in this city and go a bit crazy.
We will allow flying on this day so you can see the city from a whole new angle, but you are will also not be locked up for doing things that are unrealistic or unauthentic.

Some of our tenants will also be opening up their houses to the public.
Look for the Open House sings.
Wherever you see one, you’re welcome to go inside and see how the people in our city live.

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Happy 8th anniversary as a tenant in 1920s Berlin, Sonatta Morales!

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Wait, what, I hear you think.
You’re celebrating the 8th anniversary of 1920s Berlin next week and yet famous model, designer and night club owner Sonatta Morales is celebrating her 8th anniversary as a tenant already?

And you’re right, something fishy is going on here!
I am horrific at math but even I know that this isn’t quite right.

The truth behind this strange situation is that Sonatta is a cheeky sneaky naughty squatter!
When I started Building my very first version of 1920s Berlin, a tiny skybox with one club, one cinema and a few shops, I asked Sonatta if she wanted to open a shop there.
I wasn’t sure if she would because I was a total noob with no experience and just a crazy idea, while she appeared to be so much more experienced, had her own shop and even knew how to rotate a prim, still something I had to master.

We had met in a club named Flashmans and chatted about my Berlin idea and she was very enthousiastic and much to my relief, she said yes and started decorating a little shop.
But without my knowing, she secretly created a little room above her shop and had put some furniture in it!
She had moved in and had become the first tenant in Berlin long before I had even thought about building something residential, long before I even realised some people might actually want to live in this pile of prims I was gluing together.

And that dear children, is the story of how Sonatta became a tenant before Berlin was even opened to the public.

Today Berlin wouldn’t be Berlin without her.
Not only are her clothes the pride of the KaDeWe department store, is her modern Bauhaus villa the talk of Behrenstrasse, are the scandals with young dashing men and some famous German actresses the gossip of the day, but she also runs the Eldorado Cabaret.
The most amazing club in SL where people can be themselves and enjoy a brand new show every single Saturday, a show Sonatta creates, every weekend again.

But before all that she is my best friend, confidant and partner in crime in this crazy virtual world.

Happy 8th anniversary Sonatta!

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The 1920s Berlin Project celebrates its 8th anniversary!

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I can’t believe that it has been 8 years since that evening in 2009 when I opened my club and had our first little 1920s Berlin themed party in a tiny skybox.
I didn’t expect much of it, I had only been in SL for a week when I started building and I had no idea what I was doing.
But the theme somehow managed to attract the right crowd and within no time a vibrant community of creative, fun, interesting and exciting people started to grow and populate my simplistic pile of prims.
This in turn motivated me and soon I wanted more than a little square with a cinema, shops and club floating high up in the sky.
So I started to improve my building skills, organised more events, did more research and slowly but surely a themed skybox became a neighbourhood and eventually a real city that would withstand the test of time.

It is impossible to explain how much the 1920s Berlin project means to me and I am always touched and excited to hear that it also means a lot to so many others.

On the 30th of May 2017 we’re celebrating the 8th (!) anniversary of our sim and we’re going to celebrate with a week of events!

We hope you’ll visit and be part of the celebrations, if you don’t want to change your avatar or outfit, don’t worry.
We end our celebrations with a Relaxed Rules day where we have no dress code and everyone (but naked people, Nazis and naked nazis) is welcome.

Below you’ll find the schedule of events.
Please note that certain events, times and dates may still be subject to change and others may still be added.
Feel free to join us in the Berlin group chat or join our Facebook group to stay up to date.

All times are Second Life time.

Tuesday 30th May

  • 2pm annual dance under the Brandenburg Gate with a show by Sonatta Moralesta Morales and with DJ Myron Byron!
  • 3pm Fireworks

Wednesday 31st May

  • 1pm Soapbox airplane race for children
  • 2pm Opening of the Biergarten at the back of Der Keller
  • 4pm Ice cream social at the KaDeWe, free ice cream for all, children welcome!

Thursday 1st June

  • 2pm Open Stage at the Biergarten
  • 4pm Party at the Supporters Penthouse room in the Hotel Adlon, only for supporters.

Friday 2nd June

  • 1pm Opening ‘Zur Lindenwirtin’ club for “after hours entertainment”
  • 2pm Special celebration dinner at Hotel Adlon
  • 3pm Joaquin Gustav performs live music in the Adlon mirror ballroom.
  • 6pm Party at the ‘Zur Lindenwirtin’ club for “after hours entertainment”

Saturday 3rd June

  • 11am Miss Berlin pageant
  • 1pm Flapperettes Anniversary
  • 2pm Eldorado

Sunday 4th June

  • 12pm (noon) Official opening of the new Library
  • 2pm The long-awaited Grand Opening of a new art venue!
  • 3pm Special surprise just for Long Term Tenants and Supporters at the Amtshaus on Alexanderplatz

Monday 5th June

  • 2pm Party in the Volksbad swimming pool.
    Join us at the public baths for a wild party in the pool.
    Swimming suits will be provided.
  • 4pm Social at the KaDeWe Oyster bar with free bottles of special anniversary champagne!

Tuesday 6th June

  • All day: Relaxed rules day
    On this day everyone is welcome to visit our sim and take a good look around and see more of the sim than you’re usually allowed to see.
    Several of our tenants will also open the doors to their private apartments and an ‘Open House’ sign will show you where you can enter and explore how the people in the city live.
    We also relax our dress code so you can come in modern clothes or as a non-realistic avatar.

 

You can visit Berlin by clicking this slurl; http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/1920s%20Berlin%20Project/243/224/1929

 

We also have a photo contest!

The theme is; “My favourite spot in Berlin”.

Let us know your favourite spot in the city, it can just be your apartment or that street corner where you first met that special person, maybe just the bench where you sit and enjoy life pass you by.

The rules;
-You can adapt, improve or play with the snapshots in photoshop or with other software.
-No nudity, adult subjects or anything that is against SL rules.
-No modern (post 1920s) subjects, clothes, objects, etc.
-Snapshot must be taken in the 1920s Berlin Project sim.
-Photo may be used by us for PR.

-Contest closes on June 10th, pictures received after this date will not be judged.
-Winner will be announced on this blog on the 13th of June.

The first prize is L$2500, second prize is L$1000!

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Zeno McAuley

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Once more it is my sad duty to inform the members of our community and the people of Second Life in general that one of our own has died.

Zeno McAuley joined The 1920s Berlin project in the early days and was one of my earliest and best friends.
He was involved in a million and one things and always willing to help out.

A charming and always friendly gent who made an impact on everyone he met.

A while ago he slowly became less active in Second Life but popped into Berlin now and then, usually with an alt, to hang out and enjoy the atmosphere of the sim he loved so much.

We knew his health wasn’t very good but had always hoped that the old Zeno would return again.

It was not meant to be.

If you knew Zeno, please inform as many of your shared friends of his passing.

We’re having a wake for Zeno at Der Keller, his old hangout in Berlin.
This will take place on the 15th of May at 2pm SLT.
A portrait will also be placed in our memorial garden in Tiergarten Park at a later time.

If you want to be there but are banned from Berlin or am not sure about visiting for one reason or another, please get in touch and your ban will be lifted for this gathering.

 

Our thoughts and prayers go to Zeno’s RL family and of course also his SL family and friends.

Auf wiedersehen Zeno.

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May day riots coming to Berlin

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During the first days of May we will be re-enacting an infamous riot that took place in RL Berlin 1929.

In this blog post you will find information about what is going to happen in our sim and the historical background to the real riots.

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The 1929 Berlin riots in our Sim

We will try and recreate the real 1929 riots as realistically as we can within the limited options SL offers us.
Our sim is not like the Wild West, we are not a combat sim, so please make sure you know the projects rules and understand them before you take part in the madness of May 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

On May 1st at around 2PM SLT German Communists and sympathizers will gather outside the KPD HQ in the narrow Mieze Gasse, a side street of Friedrichstrasse.
There are rumours that the mayor has given permission for the march, other people may have heard that there is no permission but that the police said they wouldn’t stop the people… but the truth is that the ban on large public gatherings in the open air is still in effect and the police has been ordered to use brute force to stop any groups gathering.
They have been reinforced by Army and even local Navy units.

The group will march to Friedrichstrasse towards Unter den Linden but when they reach the Volksbad, they will realise that the Police is not going to let them trough.
There they will be confronted by officers who have been ordered to make sure the groups of people will not reach the ‘good’ part of Berlin where all the nice houses and big shops are.

The protestors will be upset, stones and bottles will be thrown and then a shot sounds…
It is not sure who shoots first, but chaos will follow.

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For three days events will be cancelled, police and protestors will play a cat and mouse game, houses can be searched, Berlin is a city of fear.

The police will block off part of the city, patrol, check people and will open fire at houses with red flags and people gathering.
Please be prepared to be hassled by them, even questioned.
If you don’t want to be part of this you may have to avoid the city or at least the working class district (west of Unter Den Linden).

Communists and other rioters will walk around with red flags and build their own barricades.
Shots will be fired, avatars may die.

For these 3 days Berlin will be in a state of emergency.

What to do

First you choose a side, do you want to be a protestor, part of the law enforcement side, a medic or simply a bystander.
Keep in mind that you can’t just pretend to be a soldier, nurse or police officer, you’ll have to sign up, invest in an uniform, weapon, etc.

On May 1st, 2nd and 3rd, everyone in Berlin should wear our wonderful custom combat HUD made by our very own Herr Kondor.
You will be able to get yours at Teleportplatz and the Amtshaus on Alexanderplatz on the day self.
Simply wear and give permission if need be.
Remember to turn off your AO for the hud to work properly.
No more being teleported home when you get shot, now you actually get wounded and have to crawl to the hospital or a nurse may have to come to you before you can get better!
If you get shot you’ll have trouble walking, and eventually won’t be able to do much moving at all.
It can take quite some time to heal and you’ll be out of the fight for a while.

Remember that if you choose to roleplay a brutal dramatic public death that it will be very difficult for your avatat to explain returning to Berlin after the riots.
Another good reason to make an alt, as they can die without confusing the community.

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If you think that being a communist streetfighter, doctor, nurse, orderly, soldier or sailor does not match the role you generally play in our sim, it is perhaps a good idea to create an ‘alt’, a new avatar.
But please do remember that without rezzing permit, your alt may not be able to shoot.

Remember though that most common people  would not own guns, they would use whatever they could find to throw at the police and of course some would use knives.
There are some rather interesting weapons available on marketplace that use animations and can knock your opponent out, like the truncheon the police uses.
And those work even without rezzing permissions.

Another tip would be to look for wounded tattoo layers, bloody bandages or other things like that to make yourself look the part when things go wrong.
It adds to the realism and you can’t be sure you like the stuff you can get at our hospital, if there is anything at all.

Join the KPD group to communicate with the other revolutionaries.

We hope to see you here on May 1st as part of the communists, the police, the navy, the army, the medical staff or as a bystander.
Please remember that if you have not been to Berlin before, that we have a strict 1920s dress code.

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The REAL 1929 may riots of 1929

Demonstrations in the open air without special permission have been illegal since 1924 in Germany but this rarely caused any serious problems.
But by 1929 the political tension in Germany had heated up so much that trouble was brewing.
At the end of 1928 Adolf Hitler’s public speech ban was lifted and he had started agitating the situation in the country right away, causing even more street fighting and several deaths.
The Berlin Police President Karl Friedrich Zörgiebel then reinforced the ban on all public open air gatherings of a political nature in Berlin.
When in April 1929 the Communist Party (KPD) started calling workers to come to the May day rally, it was announced that this public gathering ban would also be valid on may the 1st.
The communists were furious and threatened to have their rally anyway.
The police started preparing for riots and street fighting, extra troops were called in. On April the 30th the KPD handed out leaflets claiming the political gathering ban had been lifted, but it was not.

There were also rumours going around the city that the police would look the other way and ignore the marchers, they would not.

On May 1st thousands of Berliners started gathering and went on their way to the center.
For them this May day was more important then usual.
At this time the newspapers were full of the trial around the murder of revolutionary leaders Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht in 1919 and it seemed that the murderers would be very mildly punished, people were angry.
They also wanted to celebrate their 10th anniversary of the Komintern.
To add to all this, the government of Germany was led by the Social Democratic Party, a left wing party.

Having a party with who the Communists shared several ideologies but also be their oldest and perhaps biggest opponent, tell the KPD they couldn’t march was like rubbing salt into a wound. And of course the Nazi’s were growing and becoming louder and more aggressive all the time, it sometimes seemed like they were not being stopped by anyone while the Communists were not allowed to do anything.
The communists were furious, the city was tense.

The City Council told people that they were permitted and celebrate May Day but only indoors.
Many people did just that, having huge gatherings in halls and public buildings.
But others did not receive that information or just felt they had to right to march outside.
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When the police saw large groups of people marching trough Berlin with red flags and armbands, they took action.
They attacked people with batons, used water cannons and warning shots were fired.
The Social Democrats had followed the outdoor gathering ban and had had their may day meetings indoors but unfortunately they had to go outside to go there and to return home.
After his return home from such a meeting Max Gmeinhardt was shot when he didn’t close his window fast enough when the police ordered him to.
Other groups of innocent bystanders, civilians and Socialists simply going to or returning from permitted gatherings were set upon by the police.
With now also the social democrats, workers and poor people in general becoming furious, the conflict escalated rapidly.
In the afternoon barricades were erected to make it harder for Police cars to reach certain areas.
In the evening the police started using armoured vehicles with machine guns, only meant to be used when the police was fired upon.
Police start shooting at houses with red flags.

On May 2nd the KPD called people to go on strike as a reply to the police violence.
On May 2nd and may 3rd the police combed trough the working class areas, searched houses and arrested countless people.

In total 33 demonstrators, workers and bystanders had been killed by the police, most of those on just the first day and at least 80 were seriously injured. The Berlin police, under control of the supposedly pro-labour social democratic government, had fired a total of 11,000 rounds of live ammunition.
This incident, remembered in the German language as Blutmai (“Blood May”) deepened the split between the SPD and the Communist Party, which indirectly helped the German right wing parties and the eventual rise of the Nazi Party in the German parliament.

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Bri Hasp

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Dear Berliners,

It is my sad duty to inform you of the passing of one of our own.
After she vanished last January I’ve been trying to find out what happened and today I learned that our long term tenant and friend Bri Hasp unfortunately passed away in RL.

She lived in our close community for years, was a friend to many and part of the furniture.
She was a local in our neighbourhood and a regular in Der Keller, Berlin won’t be the same without her.
The community meant a lot to Bri, she had even given family members a tour of her city.

We’ve had contact with her RL family and learned that Bri had a wonderful and fulfilling life but had been suffering from a medical condition for a while
She died at home in the presence of loved ones on January 9th.

According to her family Bri lived life to the fullest.

We’ll organise an gathering in Tiergarten park, by the memorial garden to remember her and to put her portrait on the monument.
A date and time will be announced later.

Our thoughts and prayers go to her RL family but of course also her SL family and friends.

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