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[…]

Introducing: Irene Sendler

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[…]

Movie Recommendation: The Cakemaker

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[…]

Introducing: Karlrobert Kreiten

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[…]

Book Recommendation: Stasiland

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[…]