What a lovely morning tracking family history in West Berlin’s Bavarian quarter!
I had a ball last year touring with the Princesses of the Calgary Stampede! Looking forward to meeting the newly-crowned royalty tomorrow, on International Women’s Day.
On the birthday of Rosa Luxemburg, I’m happy to announce that I am offering two new tours: ‘Remarkable Women’ and ‘Resistance and Civil Disobedience’. These will soon appear on my website for private booking as usual, and will also be open to public groups on occasion through the upcoming spring and summer.
On March 5th, 1871, the Jewish revolutionary socialist Rosa Luxemburg was born. Upon the outbreak of World War One, she and her comrade Karl Liebknecht, demanding greater civil liberties for the soon-to-be-drafted working class and for women, would form the anti-war ‘Spartacus League’. At war’s end, the Spartacists would launch their rebellion, which Luxemburg thought a blunder; she and Liebknecht would be captured by ‘Freikorps’ militants, among them numerous National Socialists and right-wing sympathizers. Luxemburg and Liebknecht were captured, tortured and murdered by the Freikorps on January 15, 1919.
Dear friends, I will be guiding a tour at Berlin’s Schwules Museum (Gay Museum) on Thursday 9th March at 6pm. You’re welcome to attend! All details in the link below.
On March 5th, 1946, former UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill would address an audience at Westminster College, Missouri, accompanied by President Harry S. Truman. The speech was a landmark moment in the early stages of the Cold War. Churchill lauded the relationship between the UK and USA, and warned against Soviet expansionism, speaking of the descent of an ‘iron curtain’ over Europe.
On March 4th, 1944, the U.S. Eighth Air Force would launch its first bombing raid on Berlin soil. After the initial attack, American pilots would join the Royal Air Force’s Bomber Command in strafing the city by day and night.
By ceasefire in May 1945, 26,000 servicemen of the Eighth Air Force would have been killed in combat, as well as 55,000 of their British counterparts. At least 20,000 Berliners would die during Allied raids.