Jeremy Deutsch ’20, an MBA for Executives student, shares photos and reflections from his recent Global Network Week experience at ESMT in Berlin. ESMT hosted a module on the theme “Germany 4.0: Hidden Champions, Startups, and More,” which introduced students to and explored Germany’s history, politics, and economy; the Germany startup ecosystem; and the new models for business being made possible by 4.0 technology.
With fellow executive MBA students who participated in ESMT’s Global Network Week.
Bridge over the Spree River at sunset as seen from a river cruise. Photos by Jeremy Deutsch ’20
Fascism in the built environment. The Topography of Terror in the foreground, former headquarters of the SS and Gestapo. The Berlin Wall in the middle ground. And the back of the Nazi Ministry of Aviation in the background. Chilling juxtapositions.
Visiting the Volkswagen factory in Wulfsburg, which is the largest auto factory in Europe. Amazing factory tour.
The chandeliers in Eric Honecker’s office, now a room at ESMT. Honecker was the last ruler of East Germany before the Berlin Wall came down in 1989 and the eventual reunification of Germany.
Boilers in production at Viessman—a German “hidden champion.” Fascinating company in existence since 1917
What does Berlin look like? Well, in some places, about 30 feet worth of truffles and other chocolates.
Monument to the murdered Jews of Europe. Berlin. A stark necropolis of sarcophagi, with all human elements removed, with no reference to people or how they lived. Merely that they exist no longer.
rabants! (I actually saw one being driven. Lawnmowers sound more powerful).
Brandenburg Gate on a sunny Sunday afternoon.
Cold War artifact: East German Berlin Wall surveillance tower