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Earth Panorama: Bergkirchweih beer festival, Erlangen, Germany.

My, I seem to have been doing a lot of these 360cities.net posts from Germany lately! And beer gardens, too. This one is in Erlangen, and this amazing photo was … Continue reading

July 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 41: A chunk of the Berlin Wall.

This unusually chipper piece of concrete once stood in the center of Berlin. Molded in a hurry in August 1961, the Berlin Wall is probably the single most enduring symbol … Continue reading

June 29, 2014 · 1 Comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 37: Kennedy’s coconut from the PT-109 incident.

It’s hard to see in this picture, but this paperweight is actually a hardened, almost petrified coconut with a message scratched into its surface. The message reads “NAURO ISL…COMMANDER…NATIVE KNOWS … Continue reading

June 7, 2014 · 1 Comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 36: Wooden “Mein Kampf” cover.

The frightening emblem on the cover of this wooden box should be recognizable to anyone with even a passing interest in history. The SS or Schutzstaffel was one of the most … Continue reading

June 4, 2014 · 5 Comments

Earth Panorama: 1950s Communist-era kitchen, former East Germany.

In the American history class I’ve been teaching this term we were recently talking about the importance of the kitchen and its fittings as a symbol of Cold War-era consumerist … Continue reading

May 28, 2014 · 2 Comments

The lingering legend of Kaspar Hauser: the semi-feral mystery child of Nuremberg.

One hundred and eighty-six years ago today, on May 26, 1828, a strange teenage boy with a disheveled appearance appeared in the town square of Nuremberg, Germany. He could speak … Continue reading

May 26, 2014 · 1 Comment

Earth Panorama: the Wacken Open Air Biergarten, Wacken, Germany.

As much as I love my husband, my home, my job and the place I live, sometimes I just want to hang out in the beer garden at Wacken. Tonight … Continue reading

May 17, 2014 · 1 Comment

Watch this amazing color HD film footage of Berlin and Munich, 1900-1914! [video]

We’re so used to seeing moving pictures of the distant past in scratchy, indistinct, black-and-white shadows that have the look of old, poorly-preserved silent movies. That’s why, whenever I find … Continue reading

May 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Earth Panorama: forgotten Communist-era attic library, Walddorf, Germany.

This is another unusual Earth Panorama post, as it’s not scenery but a dusty old attic. These old books were abandoned in this attic atop a mill in the town … Continue reading

April 24, 2014 · 2 Comments

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
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