Category Archives: German history

The country united in 1871 but its history goes back to Charlemagne’s crowning in 800. This is a treasure trove of interesting tidbits, many of which have impacted the history of the United States in the form of immigrants.

Hot wine and cold toes

Christmas markets are popping up on every corner in Germany, including the medieval town of....

The library, the monk, and the sandals

This stunning Baroque library tucked away in a monastery in a Bavarian village is the....

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What’s in a name? More than you think

People’s identities are tied up closely with their names. But even when you are careful....

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Munich comes full circle: From putsch to Rabbi Conference

The hand of history has done its work on the city of Munich. Named after....

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The Berlin Airlift: Reflecting on 75 Years of Historical Significance

It is astounding how places can change over time, sometimes transforming from sites of great....

Landshuter Hochzeit: The most theatrical wedding this side of the 15th century

Imagine if your wedding were so spectacular that people would want not just to reenact....

A fortune for footwear, or my kingdom for a sneaker

There was a lot of hullabaloo when Adidas dropped its sponsorship of the rapper Ye....

Watch out! Augsburg joined forces with the Swedes

Companies sometimes use shady tactics to gain the upper hand in a market. But this....

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Are you sure that’s what that sign means?

Signs are there for the express purpose of helping you find your way. They tell....

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Look here, U.S. election deniers – Berlin bungled it big time 

The press and social media are still abuzz with deniers of the U.S. elections in....

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The 100 meters between fascism and democracy in Munich

On just a 10-minute walk through Munich, I passed a murder scene leading to the....

50 years later – Triumph and tragedy of the Munich Olympics. Part II: Tragedy

The 1972 Munich Olympic Games brought many long-lasting improvements to the city, but they were....

50 years later: The triumph and tragedy of the Munich Olympics – Part I: Triumph

It’s been 50 years since the Munich Olympics were held, but their impact lives on....

Bombs away! The WWII gift that keeps on giving

Listen to Brenda tell the story One of the punctuality challenges to the Munich train....

Kraut and about – what are all those Germans doing abroad?

German immigrants used to flock to the U.S. They still go there in droves, but....

Think digital technology is a cure-all? Don’t bet your life on it

A WWII air raid siren startled me once while I waited for a train. Such....

Karl Marx’s penguin and Richard Wagner’s design for Madonna’s corset

Listen to Brenda tell the story Karl Marx and Richard Wagner are featured in joint....

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The ladies, the rest home and the bombs

The oldest residents of a rest home suddenly developed mild illnesses. They all shared a....

The distant agony of past wars is suddenly revived by the attack on Ukraine

The five German cities I visited on a college tour with my daughter were all....

The library, the monk and the sandals

Listen to Brenda tell the story “Take their books! They’re useless propaganda. Get rid of....

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The 400-year-old Marketing Flop You’ve Never Heard of

Listen to Brenda tell the story They told me in college that marketing was invented....

The Prussian Rock Star in my Wardrobe

18 July 2021 Many people have been using their downtime from the pandemic to tackle....

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Grave Thoughts Indeed – Part 4 – The Oktoberfest

26 May 2021  (Click here for parts 1, 2 and 3) Munich is known first....

Grave Thoughts Indeed – Part 3 – Royal rollicking and frolicking

This cemetery is anything but dead boring. The people buried here come from many centuries....

How war shaped the Alter Südfriedhof

Part Grave Thoughts Indeed – Part 2 Small German towns have monuments to the dead....

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Grave Thoughts – the Alter Südfriedhof Cemetery

Now in the middle of the city, this cemetery was once outside the city walls.....

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Berlin, lost and sometimes found

On one last pre-corona trip to the capital, abandoned streets allowed fresh insights into the....

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The Sound of Freedom – Uniting East and West through Country Music

To me it was just another country song, but to an East Berlin taxi driver....

The Berlin Wall, 30 years later

Many people did not expect Germany to be reunified. Thirty years after the fall of....

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Footprints from World War II

World War II has long since ended, but the involvement of the U.S. has left....

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