The Harnack House is located in Dahlem, sub-district of Zehlendorf, 16-20 Ihnestr. The compound
is right next to the Free University (FU) complex and the 'U-Bahn'- (subway) station 'Thielplatz'.
In its vicinity, about 200 yards away on Saargemuenderstr., was the Clay-Headquarters &
the compound of AFN. The Harnack House has 2 floors of various rooms for guests, barber shop,
beauty parlor, newsstand & an restaurant. At one end of the complex, right next to Harnackstr.,
is attached the so-called 'Marine Bar'. In the rear of the buildings is a wonderful back yard &
excellent relaxing place.
The compound once was named after the first president of the society, Adolf von Harnack.
The Harnack House was opened in 1929 as center for German scientific & intellectual life. It
was founded by the 'Kaiser-Wilhelm Gesellschaft' on the initiative of its first president, Adolf von
Harnack & his colleague Friedrich Glum. The original purpose of the Harnack House was to
provide an conference center and guests accommodation for major events designed to promote
German science. Several notable German scientists & Nobel prize winners like Otto Hahn,
Fritz Haber & Albert Einstein resided or worked there. The compound was practically
undamaged during WWII & came in Soviet hands for a short time. Then it was taken over by
the U.S. Forces, and became the popular American Officers' & Civilians' club. Despite of its
historical prestige it also was further used for cultural and diplomatic events.
In 1994 the compound was given back to its original use to the 'Max-Planck Gesellschaft'. It offers
excellent facilities for conferences & meetings with restaurant & accommodation for
visitors & guests. The architecture and a large amount of the originally furniture remained in the
original style and still is in use. To provide additional accommodation, the Harnack House maintains
a guest house on the opposite of the Ihnestrasse. (about 50 yards away of the main building) That
place was known as the 'Dahlem Guest House' and already has 'written Berlin history'. Many GI's with
their family members once temporary have lived there.
During my 11 duty years together with MPs of the 287th
MP Co / Andrews Bks., I have
been several times for various events in that great facility. The very last time it happened on June
4, 1994. While a great farewell ceremony, members of the Combined Police Station (PMO) got
honored. It was time to say: "Good Bye, American friends".
Look at this great website, by video camera you get a realistic view of that legendary place and its