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Twentieth Century Berlin on Film – The 1960s

The 1960s was a decade of great social and technological advances and Berlin, as the main flashpoint between the ideologies of capitalism and socialism, saw more changes than most cities. The loss of skilled workers to the West, as referred to in my Twentieth Century Berlin on Film – The 1950s post led the government […]

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The Berlin Airlift (screenshot from the documentary Cold War - Berlin 1948-1949)

Sunday Documentary: Cold War – Berlin 1948 – 1949

Part 4 of the fascinating and extensive Cold War documentary series by the Cold War International History Project, Berlin 1948 – 1949, deals with the response of the Western Allies to the Soviet Blockade of Berlin – the Berlin Airlift (Die Luftbrücke). Surrounded as it was by East Germany, West Berlin was dependent on a […]

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Stolpersteine 198 – 203

I have updated my Stolpersteine Gallery with photos of the Stolpersteine I saw in Berlin over the last week (with the exception of one very special group of stones that I will post about soon). These Stolpersteine were dedicated to: Heinrich Thieslauk (Warschauer Strasse 60); Robert Becker, Jenny Becker, Erna Becker and Erich Becker (Warschauer Strasse 61); Hans Litten and […]

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Sunday Documentary: Baader-Meinhof – In Love With Terror

The BBC documentary Baader-Meinhof – In Love With Terror tells the story of the Red Army Faction (in the original German Rote Armee Fraktion), more commonly referred to as the Baader-Meinhof Gang, a terrorist organisation formed in West Germany in 1970. The common name of the militant group comes from the names of two of […]

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Stolpersteine 194

I have added photos of the Stolpersteine I saw in Berlin over the past week to my Stolpersteine Gallery. The Stolpersteine I saw were memorials to: Eliser Ehrenreich and Martha Gerson (Mommsenstrasse 69) You can find out more about artist Gunter Demnig his Stolpersteine project, that recognises the individuals who suffered at the hands of National Socialism, in my […]

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John F Kennedy (JFK) Plaque at Rathaus Schöneberg Berlin commemorating his "Ich Bin Ein Berliner" speech

Famous Berliners: President John F Kennedy (JFK)

He was born in Brookline, Massachusetts and never lived in Berlin but President John F Kennedy is probably the most famous ‘Berliner’. In a speech on the steps of Rathaus Schöneberg on 26 June 1963 Kennedy declared: All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin, and, therefore, as a free man, I […]

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Stolpersteine 192 – 193

I have added photos of the Stolpersteine I saw in Berlin over the past week to my Stolpersteine Gallery. The Stolpersteine I saw were memorials to: Felix Mechelsohn (Adalbertstrasse 95A); Klara Jacob (Silbersteinstrasse 97). If you’d like to know more about this very worthy project by artist Gunter Demnig that recognises the individuals who suffered at the […]

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