Wilhelmstrasse

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The Wilhelmstrasse (German Wilhelmstra├če, see ├č) is a street in the center of Berlin, the capital of Germany.For the spelling, see, inter alia, Paul Seabury: The Wilhelmstrasse, Joachim Joesten, The "New" Wilhelmstrasse, and the works of George Frost Kennan. The Oxford Illustrated Dictionary gives only this spelling; so do the Second Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, and all five of its quotations. Between the mid 19th century and 1945, it was the administrative centre, first of the Kingdom of Prussia and then of the unified German state, housing in particular the Reich Chancellery and the Foreign Office. For this reason the term "the Wilhelmstrasse" was used in Germany to signify the German governmental administration as a whole, much as the term "Whitehall" is often used to signify the British governmental administration as a whole; in English, "the Wilhelmstrasse" usually referred to the German Foreign Office.See Daisy, Princess of Pless by Herself, p. 63. OED, "Wilhelmstrasse"

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The Wilhelmstrasse runs south from the Unter den Linden, on a line slightly east of south, until its juncture with the Stresemannstrasse near the Hallesches Ufer, a distance of about two kilometres. It is crossed (as one heads south) by Behrenstrasse, Leipziger Strasse and Zimmerstrasse, which to the west of the Wilhelmstrasse becomes Niederkirchnerstrasse (known until after World......
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