The War is Over!

Today, 75 years after the unconditional German surrender, Berlin attempts to stand still for the day to commemorate this historic date with an extraordinary public holiday.

It has been the subject of our discussions at WagArb and for every team member individually, over the past weeks and days. We wish to share with you Anne’s story. It also connects to Hegelplatz and to the 30th anniversary of the German reunification this year:

„My connection to this date can only be made through my grandad, who was forced to flee from East Prussia to Berlin via the Baltic Sea in early 1945 when his hometown was under attack.

In Berlin, he took up an apprenticeship, caring for his sister and mother. The end of the war to him should have meant that things would start to slowly normalize.

However, it would be a matter of years still until his father would return from the war and find his family again.

My grandad was then stuck in East Berlin (and met my grandma while working for Mitropa, right next door to our office at Hegelplatz!).

To this date, he often actually uses the phrase “after the war” to mean “after the fall of the wall” – because to him it felt like the war did not end in 1945, but only truly ended when Germany was reunited another 45 years later.”


Tanya Verma

Tanya Verma is an Indian qualified lawyer currently pursuing a Master’s degree in International Dispute Resolution at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. She obtained a degree in Bachelor of Business Administration and Legislative Law from a renowned university in India. During her five-year tenure in law school, Tanya had the opportunity to intern under esteemed designated Senior […]

Pablo Ortega Krstulovic

Pablo Ortega Krstulovic is a Chilean-qualified lawyer who joins us as a visiting professional from the new class of the IDR LL.M at HU. He grew up in Arica, Chile and completed his legal education at the University of Chile in Santiago. Before moving to Berlin, Pablo gained experience as an associate lawyer at one of […]

Diego Melendez Hirezi

Diego Melendez Hirezi is a Salvadorean-qualified lawyer. He graduated from the Superior School of Business and Economics of El Salvador. Currently, he is a student in the International Dispute Resolution LL.M program at Berlin Humboldt University. For more than five years, he worked as an associate in the litigation and arbitration department of Arias Law, a […]

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The law firm WAGNER Arbitration has its offices in Berlin and specializes in dispute resolution with a focus on arbitration. In addition, the firm offers comprehensive counseling services related to domestic and international business disputes and transactions.