German Author Peter Schneider on 25th Anniversary of Fall of the Wall

National Public Radio today had an interview with German author Peter Schneider, asking him about his views of Berlin 25 years after those stirring  days in November 1989 that brought down the wall and changed Europe’s history.Schneider has just finished a new book, called “Berlin Now,” where he brings to bear his experience of 50 plus…

Gerhard Richter

Great article in the NYT about the big Gerhard Richter exhibition at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin. Richter will turn 80 this month, and the show offers a big retrospective of his impressive work. Here’s an interview with Gerhard Richter from 2006 (in English):

Martin Luther King in Germany

Did you know that Martin Luther King changed his name out of respect for Martin Luther after his first visit to Berlin in 1934? And did you know that in 1964 after a visit to West Berlin, American officials did not want to permit MLK to travel across the border to East Germany?  The following…

Gentrifying Berlin

If you’ve been to Berlin as a backpacker or a student, chances are you’ve been to the “Tacheles”: one of the ruins of World War II that were left standing “as is” by the GDR and that became a squatter location after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Used by the Nazis to…