7 DAYS IN GERMANY: ROOFTOP PARTY AT SOHO HAUS IN EAST BERLIN
This evening took me to East Berlin. Following a day full of work activities, hosting international press interviews, and attending conference keynote addresses, I went to a private party at the Soho Haus Berlin.
My towncar to East Berlin took me past the city’s landmarks. Soho Haus Berlin used to be a former Nazi headquarters. The original building was commissioned in 1928 by two Jewish entrepreneurs. During the 30’s and 40’s it housed the Hitler Youth and later years the Soviets. The white, plain exterior of the building looks the same as it did throughout its history.
During the later part of the evening, I excused myself from the party to roam the floors and pay silent homage to my predecessors. In the next few days, I will be visiting the Jewish and Gay museums of Berlin since this isn’t only a work trip for me, this is an important journey as a gay Jew.
My only ask of Soho Haus Berlin would be to pay more homage to the history of the place. Soho House as a franchise is a playground of sorts for adults. It is always important though to mark where we came from and what precedes us.