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Rathaus Schöneberg

Rathaus Schöneberg is the city hall for the borough of Tempelhof-Schöneberg in Berlin. From 1949 until 1990 it served as the seat of the state senate of West Berlin and from 1949 until 1991 as the seat of the Governing Mayor; the sandstone building was constructed between 1911 and 1914, when it replaced the old town hall of Schöneberg, at that time an independent city not yet incorporated into Greater Berlin, which took place in 1920. The Nazi authorities had a series of war murals by Franz Eichhorst added to the interior in 1938. In World War II the building was damaged by Allied bombing and during the final Battle of Berlin. After the war the undestroyed Neues Stadthaus, former head office of Berlin's municipal fire insurance Feuersozietät, on Parochialstraße in Mitte, served as intermittent city hall, replacing the ruined Rotes Rathaus, the traditional seat of the Berlin government. With the division of Berlin's city government and administration in September 1948 the Neues Stadthaus was in the Communist Ostsektor and became off limits to West Berlin.

As a "temporary" measure the repaired Rathaus Schöneberg on Rudolph-Wilde-Platz became the city hall for West Berlin. In 1950 the Freedom Bell, a gift by the United States, was installed in the rebuilt tower. During the Berlin Blockade, the Uprising of 1953, the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, Rudolph-Wilde-Platz in front of the building became a gathering place for protest rallies. After the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961, the steps of Rathaus Schöneberg were the location where U. S. President John F. Kennedy spoke on 26 June 1963, proclaiming "Ich bin ein Berliner". On the night of his assassination, several thousand Berliners spontaneously gathered at the square, renamed John-F.-Kennedy-Platz three days later. A large memorial plaque, mounted on a column at the entrance of the building, the room above the entrance overlooking the square are dedicated to Kennedy and his visit. There was a large assembly in front of the Rathaus on 10 November 1989, the day after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Prominent people attending were chancellor Helmut Kohl, former chancellor Willy Brandt, foreign minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher. After reunification, Rathaus Schöneberg reverted to its original purpose of being Schöneberg Borough Town Hall. Upon the 2001 Berlin administrative reform, Rathaus Schöneberg became the town hall for the newly constituted borough of Tempelhof-Schöneberg, it was the permanent home to an exhibition of the life of Willy Brandt, Mayor of West Berlin from 1957 to 1966 and Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany 1969–74. The exhibition was closed as from January 2010. Since 2005, the exhibition called Wir waren Nachbarn – Biografien jüdischer Zeitzeugen takes place in the exhibition hall of the Rathaus Schöneberg. Listen to the Freedom Bell

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

The International Youth Students for Social Equality is the student organization of the Socialist Equality Party and the International Committee of the Fourth International, an international Trotskyist organization. Launched in 2006, the IYSSE aims to build an international socialist movement of students and workers opposing militarist violence, social inequality and attacks on democratic rights; the IYSSE continues the work of its predecessor the Students for Social Equality and the International Students for Social Equality, with student clubs at Universities and High Schools worldwide. Chapters of the IYSSE hold regular meetings to educate students on Marxism and Socialism and to debate and discuss contemporary political issues. In February 2007 a German chapter of the IYSSE held a meeting at the Technical University of Berlin to discuss the US war plans against Iran, an Australian chapter of the IYSSE intervened in meeting held at the University of New South Wales. On March 31 and April 1, 2007, the IYSSE and the SEP held an international conference in Ann Arbor, Michigan opposing the war in Iraq and a potential war with Iran.

Those attending the conference voted unanimously for the conference resolution. The resolution adopted connects the expansion of US militarism, attacks on democratic rights, the growth of social inequality within the US with the declining economic position of the US internationally; the resolution points to the capitalist nation-state system as the root cause of war and outlines the need for an international socialist movement to oppose war. IYSSE members have been invited as representatives of third party, independent or socialist perspectives on political panels, with IYSSE members reaching news headlines during the recent "Occupy protests" in which students have been attacked or maced by police; the IYSSE has hosted academic or intellectual events that have received broader attention. In 2014, the IYSSE around the world hosted the first online International May Day Rally, where over 2000 people attended online from over 96 countries; the speeches focused on the global drive to war, the history of working class struggles, permanent revolution, called for the development of socialist conscious workers and youth across the world.

The Sri Lankan IYSSE has received attention from major papers in Sri Lanka for its organization of students and contributions to election campaigns. The Sri Lankan IYSSE has sought to defend students' and workers' rights, in so doing has opposed Tamil and Sinhalese ethnic divisions within the country. Official Site Join the International Youth & Students for Social Equality! - United States Contact the IYSSE

Mike Hiss

Mike Hiss was an American driver in the USAC Championship Car series. He raced in the 1972–1976 seasons, with 28 career starts, including the Indianapolis 500 in 1972–1975, he finished with his best finish in 2nd position in 1972 at Ontario. His 7th-place finish at Indy in 1972 earned him the title of Rookie of the Year. Hiss was the centerfold of the first preview issue of Playgirl published in January 1973, he was married to Arlene Hiss, the first woman to start a USAC Champ Car event. † Qualified Car for Mario Andretti, driving Formula 1 Mike Hiss driver statistics at Racing-Reference Driver Database Profile Where Are They Now Article