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Weeks #28-32: Five Weeks

Remember when I said I’d update you before Easter before I flew home? And then how I didn’t actually do it? Me too…

Hello friends, I do hope you’re well among this sunny spell Europe is enjoying currently! 729 more words

East Germany

'Iron Union!': East Berlin’s Favourite Football Team

To understand the lay of the land in footballing terms in “Berlin – Capital of the German Democratic Republic”, it is helpful – appropriately enough – to take a  2,729 more words


The Lives of Others (2006) "Auschwitz of the Soul"

Introductory remarks: The painting selected alongside the headline of the article is Ernst Ludwig Kirchner’s “Mountains and Houses In the Snow”. His expressionism conveys the overstressed colors which are on the verge of puncture. 1,249 more words


Far Too Recent History: The Stasi Museum

Spending any amount of time in Berlin means being unable to ignore history.

Not a single brick of the city today is without a connection to some of the most important episodes of world history and geopolitics throughout the 20th century. 768 more words

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Back in the GDR: Design from East Germany

Inspired by Taschen’s enormous book Beyond the Wall, based on the Wende Museum’s collection in Los Angeles, I wrote this piece a while back on East German design – it’s a fascinating topic, and I had to cram an enormous amount into a small space, but it makes a nice counterpoint to my… 23 more words


Recommended – ‘The Lives of Others’

Next year will see the 30th – count them – anniversary of the Berlin Wall coming down. After so long, it is easy to forget the significance of a time when totalitarianism was not merely the province of far-off lands like North Korea, but of whole swathes of Europe. 141 more words


East Germany and the Strange Case of Symbolic Fusion

People wonder why I’m fascinated by flags.  It’s because flags tell a story, sometimes good, sometimes bad, about the nations that they represent.

I’m especially fascinated by the flags and symbolism of East Germany.  1,762 more words

Jim Langcuster