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Tag Archives: German history
Why is German reunification celebrated on 3 October?
Today, Germany celebrates the 30th anniversary of the reunification of East and West Germany on 3 October 1990. The history buffs among you will know that the Berlin Wall fell almost a year earlier, on 9 November 1989. So why … Continue reading
Posted in Cold War, Germany, History, Holocaust Tagged Berlin, Berlin Wall, German history, Hitler, Nazis 19 Comments
History Lessons in Bolivia
In a remote jungle school in Bolivia, I am surprised by what the children learn about Germany. Continue reading
Posted in Bolivia, Books, Germany, History, Travel, Video Blog Tagged Buen Pastor, children, German history, Hitler, Nazis, Tipnis 9 Comments
Our Prisoner of War
Recently, I stayed with my father in Bavaria, where life is informal and one can put the feet on the table and smoke inside the house. We were both preoccupied with reading, my father with the newspaper and me with … Continue reading
Posted in Germany, History, Military, Russia, Travel, World War II Tagged Bavaria, cigars, German history, Nazis, Soviet Union 5 Comments
Does the Federal Republic of Germany even exist? A discussion with a “Reichsbürger”.
They are the people who deny the existence of the Federal Republic of Germany. But what about their legal and historical arguments? I took the time to delve into them. Continue reading
Posted in German Law, Germany, History, Law, Military, Politics, World War II Tagged constitutional law, German history, international law 16 Comments
East Germany and West Germany, seen from the outside
In the old days, before Erasmus, academic exchanges were still complicated: visa, health insurance, exchanging money. And then there was no internet, so you couldn’t start looking for accommodation before the move. The first week was usually spent at a hotel, … Continue reading
Posted in Cold War, Germany, History, UK Tagged German history, Media, university 4 Comments
Eastern Germany, the unknown Germany
The headline is not universally true, of course, but merely a reference to my own limited experience. But let me tell you how I came to it. Last winter, when I lived in Montenegro, I met a woman who was either … Continue reading
Posted in Cold War, Germany, History, Travel Tagged German history, reunification 16 Comments
Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler
After Donald Trumps’s speech at the Republican National Convention, I made this joke, inspired both by the plagiarism in the current Mrs Trumps’ speech and by the speech itself: As with all my other Donald Trump jokes however, it turned out … Continue reading
Posted in Books, History, Politics, USA Tagged Adolf Hitler, Donald Trump, German history, Hitler, Nazis 4 Comments
What is the SS Marching Band doing in Bolivia?
Zur deutschen Fassung dieses Artikels. On average, you are awoken by marching bands in Bolivia twice per week and at least once per week you will be prevented from falling asleep at night by a marching band and fireworks. I generally like … Continue reading
Posted in Bolivia, Germany, History, Music, Travel, Video Blog Tagged German history, Potosi, SS 15 Comments
German history follows me all the way to Bolivia
Zur deutschen Fassung dieses Artikels. A few days ago in Santa Cruz in eastern Bolivia: The Orient Express on which I had come from San José de Chiquitos, even further in the east of the country, was delayed by an hour, so I had … Continue reading
Posted in Bolivia, German Law, Germany, History, Holocaust, Immigration Law, Law, Travel, World War II Tagged Chulumani, German citizenship, German history, German passport, immigration, Jews, Nazis, Santa Cruz 16 Comments
Be careful with predictions!
Posted in Germany, History, Holocaust, World War II Tagged German history, Hitler, Media 9 Comments