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The environmental history of German wine: the amazing chronicle of Dr. Karl Müller.

If you know anything about wine, you’re well aware that it’s a creation that’s extraordinarily dependent on its environment. The difference between a good wine and a bad one usually comes down to soil, moisture, whether it was hot or cold the year the grapes were growing, and other factors. 600 more words


A Gift from The King

Did you know that Elvis Presley was a Palatine-German descendant? His ancestor Johannes Valantine Blesser (turned Presley) came to New York in 1709 on the ship called the Fame with his wife Anna Christina and 5 children! 473 more words


Hitler's American deejay: The strange story of Mildred "Axis Sally" Gillars.

This week is the 73rd anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe, and a lot of noteworthy things happened during the fall of the Third Reich. 1,252 more words


Dessau (not) depressau

Before the spring came to Berlin with its continuously perfect sunny weather, I was craving for a short and inspiring getaway. For years, I’ve been interested in visiting Dessau, a capital of Bauhaus with its university centre and original settlements created in between 20th century’s 20s and 30s. 336 more words

Faces Places Spaces

A 1938 Nazi Law Forced Jews to Register Their Wealth—Making It Easier to Steal

From Smithsonian.com by Lorraine Boisseault:

The new law came mere weeks after the Anschluss, Nazi Germany’s annexation of Austria. On April 26, 1938, the “Decree for the Reporting of Jewish-Owned Property” issued by Hitler’s government took effect, requiring all Jews in both Germany and Austria to register any property or assets valued at more than 5,000  309 more words


On this day: Cologne in Ruins

The German city of Cologne is seen in ruins on the 24th of April, 1945, as the Second World War drew to an end. Though is was hit by… 31 more words


Review: The Red Baron (film)

The Red Baron.

Yesterday was the 100th anniversary of the death of Manfred von Richthofen, so I re-visited this film, preparatory to writing this post. It was as disappointing the second time around as it was the first. 383 more words