West Germany: Lebensraum at the Top

On Munich's Briennerstrasse, the wealthy West German can buy anything from culture to divorce, a mink to a Mercedes. Yet many new-rich businessmen crave a far more elusive commodity—Weltstellung, or status in the world. At 12 Briennerstrasse, even this can be had.

No. 12 houses the Madame Club, where the new industrial upper crust can taste the delights of Lebensraum at the top. From its front courtyard, part of a neo-Renaissance palace built by the old nobility, to the comely blondes from Berlin who tend bar, the club exudes an easy opulence...

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