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Hitler’s Laziness

Originally posted on The Bully Pulpit:
“Adolf Hitler – remarkably, in a man whose father was the son of an illegitimate housemaid – had grown up with the middle-class confidence…

April 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 22: the Bamberg Bible.

In the mid-15th century, one of the greatest breakthroughs in the history of human communication occurred in central Europe, in what’s now Germany. Johannes Gutenberg developed the printing press that … Continue reading

March 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Curse Scrolls, Mystery Cults, and the Secret Roman History of Mainz

Originally posted on Jaunting Jen:
I’ve neglected my blog for a little while to pursue my license to teach middle and high school history. When I first started Jaunting Jen, I…

March 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 18: The Erfurt Treasure.

This may look like just another collection of old coins, but the Erfurt Treasure is a collective artifact that shows us in tangible form some of the darkest days in … Continue reading

March 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

Artistry in Horror: Remembering “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.”

Today is the 94th anniversary of the release of one of the greatest horror films of all time. On February 26, 1920, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, directed by Robert Wiene, … Continue reading

February 26, 2014 · 1 Comment

Historic photo, and a mystery: is this Mozart’s wife?

The above photo, a daguerreotype–the earliest kind of photography–was taken in Altötting, in Bavaria, in 1840. The man at center is Max Keller, a German composer of the period. Look … Continue reading

February 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Charlemagne’s Bones and Aachen Cathedral

Originally posted on Jaunting Jen:
In light of the recently released news that “Charlemagne’s Bones are Probably Real” I thought this would be a good time to share my experience…

February 5, 2014 · 1 Comment

Reluctantly remembered: the strange historical odyssey of the Führerbunker.

Sixty-nine years ago today, on January 16, 1945, Adolf Hitler moved into what would prove to be his final residence and headquarters, the “Führerbunker” under the Chancellery Garden in Berlin, … Continue reading

January 16, 2014 · 3 Comments

Earth Panorama: Jesuitenschlösse hillside winery, Merzhausen, Germany.

This lush hillside winery is on the grounds of a Jesuit manor house built in 1666 in Merzhausen, Germany, in the region of Alsace. Although we know for a fact … Continue reading

January 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 7: the Sword of Tiberius.

This Roman sword, 22 inches long, made of iron and with a bronze scabbard, has carvings along the scabbard that depict the Roman general Tiberius–later Emperor–presenting a trophy of victory … Continue reading

January 9, 2014 · 1 Comment
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