Nonfiction Centered in Germany: Tunneling the Wall, Reading Stasi Files, and the Enigmatic Chancellor

In preparation for (a little Vorfreude - something like the joy in anticipating something) and during my time in Germany this summer, I was reading more German nonfiction than usual, two of which are new/upcoming releases and absolutely stellar. Los geht's! Tunnel 29: The True Story of an Extraordinary Escape Beneath the Berlin Wall, by... Continue Reading →

Secrets of Small Town Germany

Book review: The Scholl Case by Anja Reich-Osang, translated by Imogen Taylor (Amazon / Book Depository) In the last days of 2011, Brigitte Scholl, the wife of a former mayor of the small town of Ludwigsfelde to the south of Berlin, is found murdered in the forest. Shortly after, suspicion falls on her husband Heinrich... Continue Reading →

Generations of Germany

The Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor) stands on Pariser Platz in Berlin, a symbol of German unity that for decades was enclosed in Communist East Berlin, and the scene and symbolism for important moments in Nina Willner's Forty Autumns. Photo by Rennie Sweeney, August 2010. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International... Continue Reading →

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