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Spandau Citadel – Art, Culture and Wild Life

This gorgeous Renaissance fortress was constructed in the 16th century but incorporates the much older Juliusturm, from an earlier medieval castle on the same site, into its design. The Italian architect Francesco Chiaramella de Gandino began planning the fortress but was replaced by another Italian architect Rochus Graf zu Lynar. The fortress is a [...]

By |2019-07-30T15:22:42+02:00July 15th, 2019|Berlin, Germany|0 Comments

Battle of Words: Johannes Pfefferkorn vs. Johann Reuchlin

If you thought that the Jews in Germany were persecuted only under Hitler, you will be surprised to learn that there have always been "Jewish Canards" which are rumours and/or allegations against the Jews that were unfounded and/or false. Ideas such as 'the Jews killed Christians', or even that 'they caused natural calamities' had been [...]

By |2019-07-18T18:24:00+02:00June 20th, 2019|Berlin, Germany, Personal Stories|0 Comments

Uncle Wiggly Wings, the Raisin Bomber

Gail Halvorsen served in the US Military for more than 30 years but is most known for his role in the Berlin Airlift in 1948-49. During one of his flights to deliver supplies to West Berlin, Halvorsen met a group of about 30 children watching the planes being unloaded at Tempelhof airport. Halvorsen shared [...]

By |2019-06-05T15:13:48+02:00June 5th, 2019|Berlin, Germany, Personal Stories|0 Comments

The White Rose

Hans and Sophie Scholl, like others their age (teenage), believed that Hitler would lead Germany into a bright future and therefore, they joined the Hitler Youth. However, as the war progressed, they were soon disillusioned. Their father, who had always told them that Hitler was leading Germany to destruction, was arrested because of his [...]

By |2019-06-06T13:02:59+02:00May 5th, 2019|Berlin, Germany, Personal Stories|0 Comments

A West German visits East Berlin in 1988

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of listening to one of my close friends narrating her experience of her first visit to East Berlin from the West of Germany. As she recounted fascinating little details of her experience, I could not help but be transported back in time, seeing East Berlin through her teenage eyes.  [...]

By |2019-04-15T16:57:34+02:00April 12th, 2019|Berlin, Germany, Personal Stories|0 Comments

Lynching of a Priest in Berlin

The little unassuming white Cross of Atonement or Cross of Reconciliation outside the Marienskirche in Berlin has a long and surprising story to tell. In the early 1300s, the Ascanian ruler of Brandenburg died without an hier. The Holy Roman Emperor appointed a Wittelsbach ruler who the Berliners supported. The Pope, however, was in [...]

By |2019-04-01T15:36:35+02:00February 28th, 2019|Berlin, Germany|Comments Off on Lynching of a Priest in Berlin

Schloss Charlottenburg – The Monument of Love

Everyone talks about the Taj Mahal and how it stands for the undying love of Shah Jahan for his favourite wife Mumtaz Mahal. Not many know that Schloss Charlottenburg is also a monument of love built by Friedrich I, King of Prussia for his wife Sophie Charlotte. According to historians, Friedrich was madly in [...]

By |2019-04-01T15:37:02+02:00February 24th, 2019|Berlin, Germany|Comments Off on Schloss Charlottenburg – The Monument of Love