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Tagged With: Nazis

HISTORY You Want A Field Marshal’s Baton?

THEY EXIST, SINCE THE OLD ROMANS DECORATED THEIR IMPERATORES WITH IT: the Marshal’s Baton. The Prussians manufactured it into art, and the Nazis … – well, they went crazy about them and Hitler gave them to 25 „Generalfeldmarschällen“ and two „Großadmirälen“. Now one of those is offered: The Baton of General Field Marschal Erhard Milch … Weiterlesen »

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HISTORY Moments You Never Forget …

He was a friendly, good looking, even erudite monster, this Rudolf Höss from the paradisic spa Baden-Baden in Germany. From 1940 to 1943 he was the commandant of the KZ Auschwitz and during his reign of terror 2,43 million jews (Höss himself confessed) were killed, often by himself. After the war Germany extradited him to … Weiterlesen »

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BUILDINGS Moments You Never Forget (No. 39)

  Amazing! Crazy! Wow! And they did it in 1996 already! in a street of the Czech capital with the tongue breaking name of Rasinovo nabrezi, No. 80. What a building! They call it „Tancici dum“, the „Dancing House“, because when the famous Canadian architect Frank O. Gehry planned it, he had the legendary waltzing … Weiterlesen »

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ART Lost & Found … (No. 64)

Puhonny was born 1876 in Germany, he went to Paris very early, saw what Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec achieved by lending his genius to popular products and made him the hero of his live. Ivo Puhonny worked for a score of industrial firms, illustrated advertisements for cigarettes, liquor, frying fat and automobiles. But he was dangerously … Weiterlesen »

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NORWAY If You Ever Come To Stavanger (No. 26)

This town in Norway has such a beautiful port! A deep fjord, lined on both sides by friendly hills, islands and old houses, divides Stavangar, but not even two generations back the inhabitants had to fight for their lives. The German Nazis (and their Norwegian counterparts) had occupied the proud „Victoria Hotel“ (just look at it!) as … Weiterlesen »

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BERLIN If You Ever Come To … (No. 66)

It’s a beauty, so dignified, imaginative, heart gripping, but even surprising and beautiful. The monument (plaques, sculptures, rails, columns) around a station built about 1900 calmly records the numbers, dates and destinations of each of the mass deportations in cattle wagons from the capital of the German Reich. All of whom left from this station in … Weiterlesen »

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NAZIS The Conversation Piece … (No. 3)

It’s a worn edition, not the original unfortuna- tely, but one of the same edition: „Le Miracle du Professeur Wolmar“ by Guy de Teramond from 1910. A book in French, in a cheap softcover edition, a pocket book of the early 20th century. I haven’t read it, I don’t speak French. Nevertheless, to hold it in … Weiterlesen »

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NAZIS Collectors Corner … (No. 34)

It’s the identification tag of the Gestapo, the Secret Police of the Nazi. An organization beyond the law, the most aweful torturers of the 20th century, the worst Germany ever produced in the time of peace. Gestapo men have killed in their cellars more civilians of all ages and genders than other civil servants worldwide … Weiterlesen »

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WAR I Got A Strange Message from…Gilbert (34)

My friend Gilbert lives in Lille and collects oddities from history. Recently he discovered that the Germans, invading France in 1940, had banned the crossword puzzles in all of the occupied territory. „Why?“, I asked Gilbert. „Because“, he said, „the German suspected the Resistance to use the crossword puzzles for coded messages!“ Probabely with a … Weiterlesen »

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