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Some facts and thoughts about the UN on its 75th birthday

On October 24th, 1945, shortly after the end of World War II, the United Nations (UN) were founded in San Francisco as...

Germany is Our Problem, reviewed by The New York Times

Orville Prescott (1906-1996), the main book critic for The New York Times for 24 years, on October 5th, 1945 published a positive...

Richard Sorge, German master spy in Japan

Richard Sorge, German press correspondent in Tokyo and head of a very successful Soviet espionage group during World War II, was born...

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...

The murder of a descendant of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba

Lij Tafari Mäkonnen, better known as Haile Selassie I, Ethiopia's 225th and last Emperor, was murdered in his palace while under house...

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...

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.

Austria becomes free, sovereign, neutral and democratic

In July 1955, Austria became the free, sovereign, neutral and democratic state that the world knows.

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.

60 years ago, a former personal possession gained independence

The story of the Belgian Congo after independence is marked by many problems typical for Africa.

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An epic struggle between good and evil in Spain?

The man that decisively shaped twentieth-century Spain for almost four decades, Generalissimo Francisco Franco, died peacefully on November 20th, 1975 in a...

Spain’s astonishing rise from the ashes after the civil war

After the end of the three-year-long Spanish Civil War on April 1st, 1939, reconstruction under Generalissimo Francisco Franco began quickly and virtually...

November 20th, 1975: Arias Navarro announces Franco’s death

45 years ago on November 20th, 1975, the man that had shaped Spain for almost four decades, Generalissimo Francisco Franco, died in...

Bars or clinics? Different priorities in Spain and Taiwan

Spain is well-known for its amazing number of bars, which have little in common with those in the United States. They are...

The world’s biggest free-trade deal signed virtually in Hanoi

On November 15th, 2020 Burma, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam as well as Australia, China, Japan,...
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