The Life and Times of Martin Luther

The great reformer Martin Luther had a decisive impact on the course of German cultural and intellectual history. Not only one of the most influential Christian theologians, his translation of the Bible played a vitally important role in the advancement of the German language. This in-depth ...
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1967 - Scenes from an Unforgettable Year

When women were banned from running marathons…

Keith Richards is busted for the first time and Che Guevara is shot dead. The Beatles release Sergeant Pepper and the "Colonel's Coup" takes place in Greece. In Germany they are working on emergency laws. Martin Luther King ...

Sigmar Gabriel

Patronage and Provocation

He is arguably the most eloquent speaker in the Bundestag, the German Parliament-but the electorate is wary of him.

Since the days of Willy Brandt, no one has headed the SPD (Social Democratic Party) for as long as Sigmar Gabriel-but among his party members he is more feared than ...


Just Getting Away

Child refugees

Hoping for a life after survival

Worldwide, the number of refugees under 18 is unprecedented. In 2015, Germany alone took in over thiry thousand. They arrive on their own, their families left behind or lost. These are brave young people with strong personalities - but they are ...


Crazy Russia

Putin, my family and other outsiders

Much ado on the Eastern front

"Do you feel German, Ukrainian, Russian or Jewish? Or maybe a bit of each?" Filipp Piatov is, as it were, a merge of all these cultures. His Russian father and Ukrainian mother left the Soviet Union as it fell apart around them and Piatov grew up in a ...


Bismarck-Germany's Demon Chancellor

Many people still consider Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898)-the 'Iron Chancellor' who founded the German Empire in 1871-Germany's foremost statesman. Johannes Willms draws a different picture, showing Bismarck as a dyed-in-the-wool opportunist, a cunning, power-hungry ...


Tchaikovsky: Life and work

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) was considered Russia's greatest composer even during his lifetime, and he still is to this day. Classical music aficionados love his work, which was all composed over the course of three decades. But the composer's life was dogged by ...


I love God (and a woman)

the account of an ex-priest

Anton Aschenbrenner was a Catholic priest and religious education teacher when he fell in love with a colleague. For many years they kept their relationship secret, but when Birgit fell pregnant he decided to come out into the open. He chose his wife and child over the Church, a step that ...


From Obedience to Freedom

Resistance biographies

"My prime objective was to portray people who stand as role models because they knew that the time was right to ask themselves: What do I stand for and what am I prepared to die for? "


The portraits of six people who decided to actively resist ...


The Black German

Witnessing history through the eyes of a German-African

This is the story of a man born in Berlin in 1925, the son of a German mother and a Cameroonian father. When his father came to Germany, Cameroon was still a German colony, but after the First World War the Empire was lost and the atmosphere grew increasingly hostile. Black people were reduced ...

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The Woman from Flanders

Love in the Third Reich

Her name was Adriana. She was Belgian by birth and the widow of a German. When she died at a ripe old age in a retirement home in Germany, all she had left to her name was a case filled with photographs, letters and documents. The photos reveal her to have been an extraordinarily attractive and ...


Three Lives. A Memoir

Max Mannheimer spent an untroubled youth in the Sudetenland. Yet his old life came to an end when the German Wehrmacht invaded in 1938. Restrictions and petty mistreatment increased and the Jewish family had to leave their home. In 1943 Mannheimer's parents, three siblings and his young ...