Germany at 25: A surprising moral leader, a new historic test Add to ..

October 2, 2015 3:17 PM

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On a recent afternoon, the towering façade of Berlin’s disused Tempelhof airport sat still and silent as if awaiting its next transformation. The walls of sand-coloured stone, austere and intimidating, are a reminder of the terminal’s original purpose as a Nazi showpiece, the Third Reich’s gateway to the world.

The airport had other incarnations, too – as a lifeline during the Berlin Airlift and a point of departure for East Germans fleeing to the West. Now its cavernous hangars are about to serve a brand-new purpose: as temporary quarters for more than 1,000 refugees running from conflict and persecution ...

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