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The Battle of Dakar, an embarrassing defeat for de Gaulle

After their devastating surprise attack on the unprepared French Navy anchored in Mers-el-Kébir near Oran on July 3rd, 1940, for September 23rd of that...

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...

55 years ago, Alsatian polymath Albert Schweitzer died in Africa

On September 4th, 1965 German theologian, musician, philosopher, physician, humanitarian and 1952 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Albert Schweitzer died at the hospital he had...

When Angela Merkel annoyed the Rolling Stones

About a month before the general election in Germany on September 18th, 2005, in which then opposition leader Angela Merkel of the Christian Democratic...

Animal Farm first published 75 years ago

On August 17th, 1945 George Orwell (1903-1950) had his second best known work, the timeless allegorical fable Animal Farm, first published in London by...

The ephemeral Treaty of Sèvres

After more than fifteen months of preparations, on August 10th, 1920 the short-lived Treaty of Sèvres was signed in the Paris suburb of Sèvres...

Alsace-a very special part of France

Among the many French I have met so far only one who wouldn’t agree with me that the region Elsass (Alsace in French and...

A day like a roller coaster

Today I regained my computer and lost a friend.

The “Hun speech” as an early example of political propaganda

The alleged “Hun speech“ by the German Kaiser is a sad example of how manipulated words lead to disastrous consequences.

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