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Sigmund Jähn, Germany’s communist cosmonaut

Sigmund Jähn, the first German in space, died at his home in Strausberg outside of Berlin on September 21st, 2019. He was referred to...

In memoriam Lee Teng-hui, first native President of Taiwan

Lee Teng-hui, one of Asia’s most relevant leaders of the 20th century, passed away on July 30th, aged 97.

Antonio Salazar, Portugal’s last defender of its glorious past

Antonio Salazar’s death basically marked the end of a centuries-old era in Portuguese history.

July 1945: Franco fixes the rights, liberties and duties of Spaniards

Instead of a Constitution, from 1945 until after Franco’s death, the Fuero de los Españoles fixed the rights, liberties and duties of all Spaniards.

Edgar Snow, pioneering apologist of the Mao cult

Edgar Snow’s groundbreaking book Red Star over China from 1937 remains tarnished by its one-sidedness.

21st century Chinese food in Taiwan

Due to the influx of people from all over China in 1949, Taiwan became a heaven for lovers of very diverse Chinese food.

Not a republic, just a zone

My father, although a pragmatist, never accepted the division of post-war Germany nor a clear distinction between citizens of both German states.

July 1950: Communists first give away one fifth of Germany

The German Democratic Republic and Poland in July 1950 signed the Treaty of Görlitz concerning their mutual border.

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.

July 1st, 1990: Germany preparing for reunification on October 3rd

The economic, currency and social union between the FRG and the GDR on July 1st, 1990 paved the way to reunification on October 3rd.

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