Already thinking of spring and the beauty of Potsdam! Are you coming to Berlin this spring?
Book Recommendation: One Clear Ice-Cold January Morning at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century
Although it’s no longer January, and (as you know) certainly no longer freezing, I heartily recommend ‘One Clear Ice-Cold January Morning at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century’, the debut novel by German playwright Roland Schimmelpfennig. A melancholic, elegaic, cleanly-written work in which a host of characters intersect, drawn unwittingly together by a lost wolf Read more about Book Recommendation: One Clear Ice-Cold January Morning at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century[…]
This fun group of queer history fans braved the cold on a January afternoon on my first open tour of 2019. Follow me on Instagram an Facebook to find out about more events coming soon!
Irene Sendler, Polish social worker and one of the ‘Righteous Among the Nations’ named at Yad Vashem. Sendler was a member of the Warsaw Underground during Nazi occupation, and headed the department of Zegota (the Polish Council to Aid Jews) which aimed to provide assistance to children. She managed to smuggle Jewish children from the Read more about Introducing: Irene Sendler[…]
The one Berlin building seen best in wet weather due to its open skylight through which the rain can fall and make patterns on the ground: the former palace guardhouse. Do you know what it’s called nowadays?
I heartily recommend the 2017 Berlin-Jerusalem co-production ‘The Cakemaker’ (Ophir Raul Grazier). Without wanting to give away too much, it’s a sensuous powerful love story beyond homosexuality and heterosexuality, beyond national, ethnic and religious borders, which is simply captivating. With amazing performances by Sarah Adler, Tim Kalkhof and my favourite, Zohar Strauss (also seen in Read more about Movie Recommendation: The Cakemaker[…]
Who knows what the new chocolate sculpture at the amazing Rausch store (formerly Fassbender & Rausch store: you’ve definitely been there with me if you’ve done the All-In tour) is of?
This month, let’s meet Karlrobert Kreiten, a German-born pianist who held Dutch citizenship. Considered one of the most promising young musicians in Europe in the 1930s, Kreiten made his radio debut at the age of eleven, and would go on to study in Vienna and at the Stern Conservatory (today incorporated into the Berlin University Read more about Introducing: Karlrobert Kreiten[…]
Who knows the full name of this Holocaust monument in Berlin Mitte?
If you’ve taken a Cold War tour with me, you’ll already have heard this recommendation, but it’s worth repeating that Anna Funder’s ‘Stasiland’ is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the complex and recent history of espionage, mistrust and betrayal in this city. Funder, an Australian journalist based in Berlin and Leipzig in the mid-90s, Read more about Book Recommendation: Stasiland[…]