Berlin has long been a magnet for outsiders, from provincial Prussians centuries ago to Brooklyn hipsters today. Strangers at first, these newcomers eventually make the city their own and reshape its social fabric.
This process continued even while Berlin was divided during the Cold War, but 20 years after reunification, the German capital has become an increasingly attractive destination for foreigners hoping to start a new life.
Julia Lipkins’ multimedia project for The Local lets these new Berliners tell their own stories.
Angie Eren, a tutor and translator, speaks Russian to her Irish-born daughter, German to her Turkish husband and French to many of her students.
Eren says teaching runs in the family, as both her mother and grandmother were also educators. She is fluent in Russian, French and German, and is currently studying English. Eren is also a guitarist and songwriter, and often plays for charity events throughout the city.