70 Years of Liberty Bell in Berlin – 1950 to 2020

On October 24, 2020, the Berlin Liberty Bell at Schöneberg City Hall turned 70 years old. To mark the occasion, the District Office of Tempelhof-Schöneberg published a 40-page brochure, written in German and English, which deals with the history of the Liberty Bell, its symbolism and individual significance for the citizens of Berlin.

In addition to the greeting by District Mayor Angelika Schöttler, the authors of the brochure are Andreas Baudisch (historian, journalist and photographer), Martin Baumgärtel (Head of the Department of Documentation and Archives at Deutschlandradio) and David E. Barclay (American historian and author), whose texts provide insights into the exciting history of the development of the Freedom Bell and its symbolic power, especially during the Cold War.


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  • Brochure "70 Years of Liberty Bell in Berlin – 1950 to 2020"

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We would like to thank the authors for their research and text contributions. Special thanks to Prof. Dr. Barclay for his commitment and interest in the topic of the Berlin Freedom Bell. We would like to thank the Schoeneberg Museum as well as the Landesarchiv Berlin and their staff for their support and provision of the pictures. Last but not least, we would like to thank Deutschlandfunk Kultur, whose contribution was created as part of a media partnership with the District Office.

Logos from the Landesarchiv Berlin, from the Tempelhof-Schoeneberg Museum and from Deutschlandfunk Kultur

Conception, Editing, Layout, Typesetting

Paulina Meyling

Translation, Proof-reading

Julia Wirl


Bezirksamt Tempelhof-Schöneberg von Berlin
Büro der Bezirksbürgermeisterin, Pressestelle; 10820 Berlin
As of: November 2020
1st Edition: 7.000 pieces