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Oluwakemi Aladesuyi for NPR Berlin

In east Berlin, a few blocks away from the former headquarters of the East German secret police, nestled in between warehouses and a holding yard for Deutsche Bahn trains, there is a house of rock.

The Berliner Rockhaus one of the largest practice spaces for musicians in the city. About 1,000 musicians rent 190 rooms in the building in Lichtenberg.

Courtesy of Mareike Nieberding

Spurred by the US election of Donald Trump, 29-year-old Berlin-based journalist Mareike Nieberding founded DEMO. It's a new movement to promote political participation and dialogue among voters under 30. We caught up in a Kreuzberg cafe to discuss her decision to form DEMO, and the positive response it quickly received, a surprise even to herself.

Kai Bienert

"If I sing (sings C major scale), you would probably be able to relate yourself to a scale that moves in a major scale of C major, or which ever scale that I am in."

This is Ramesh Vinakayam. He is in Berlin from Chennai, India to participate in the annual Maerzmusik festival.

Courtesy of Benjamin Steinitz

"If there is not the signal that people will interfere, the same will happen again."

Benjamin Steinitz refers to anti-Semitic harassment. Steinitz is the coordinator of RIAS, the Department for Research and Information on Anti-Semitism.

Susannah Edelbaum/NPR Berlin

A dilapidated, two-story clapboard house saved from demolition in Detroit might seem like an out-of-place addition to a backyard in Berlin-Wedding. But for American artist Ryan Mendoza, importing this little white house from the Midwest to his property in Germany was the only solution to save this piece of Civil Rights hero Rosa Parks' legacy.

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