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My vague connection with boxing legend Max Schmeling

Germany´s most famous boxer Max Schmeling, later nicknamed “Black Uhlan (a light cavalryman) of the Rhine” because that’s where his career started, was born...

Anecdotes of and reflections on the 14th of July

The 14th of July is relatively relevant for my family’s history, and it’s also the French National Day.

Otto Skorzeny: liberator of Mussolini and Mossad agent

Vienna-born Otto Skorzeny, who died in Madrid 45 years ago, was an enigmatic daredevil who served various masters.

Berlin’s new “Anti-police-law”

Police in Berlin weren’t in an enviable position before, but a recent law further complicates their situation.

Making some money in the Workers and Farmers’ State

The GDR was never a foreign country for me, and as a student I even did some little business over there.

May 2nd, 1945: Berlin, hour zero

Berlin´s surrender on May 2nd, 1945 and my long stay in Valencia are somehow related.

The biggest battle on German territory in World War II

The Soviets winning the battle at the Seelow Heights cleared the way to the conquest of Berlin.

Potsdam and its destruction 75 years ago

Read a short introduction to the German city of Potsdam, destroyed shortly before the end of World War II 75 years ago on this day.

Personal background and name choice

I'm neither Dutch nor am I a sailor, but in a way I identify with that legendary figure. Please read a little about the reasons for my cosmopolitan restlessness.

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