Who is Gerold Kohl?

East Side trailer camp residents: Differences and community

Life in various trailer camps

Trailer camp life on Potsdamer Platz

Fall of the Wall and ejection from the city centre

Taking over and being ejected from free spaces

Round tables on the trailer camps

Whose city is it?

"Arthur and Anna keep their traps shut"

A "hatch" in the Berlin Wall

Problems in the "East Side Wagenburg" trailer camp

The "East Side Wagenburg" trailer camp vacated

Berlin trailer camps today

"We lost the fight for the open spaces. They’ve all been built up. But there are many, many more people living in trailer camps. Now we have around 12-13 trailer camps with some 1000 people. There have never been so many of us."

Gerold Kohl, 2021

Gerold Kohl was born in Aachen in 1958 and moved to West Berlin when he was 29. He studied electrical engineering and architecture and trained to be a cabinet maker and solar technician. He has lived in trailer camps since his arrival in Berlin because he likes the sense of independence and community they embody. But he remembers that the trailer camp at the East Side Gallery did not have the same feeling of cohesion. He recalls that it became isolated from other trailer camps due to the increasing criminality associated with it and received almost no support when it was vacated by the police. Gerold Kohl has worked towards keeping trailer camps (Wagenburgen) in Berlin since the 1990s and is active in the Berlin society Gesellschaftsspiele e.V.

Contemporary witnesses