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Traveling to Stasiland

Twenty-two years ago this week, the Berlin Wall fell. Thousands of people danced around it and straddled the top, celebrating the demise of one of the most significant symbols of oppression and division ever. In an instant the gates were open and the Berlin Wall, still sprawling for miles in either direction throughout the city, […]

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Recalling History at the Berlin Wall Memorial

I stood in a tower in what was once the French sector of Berlin. From the metal perch I could see a preserved section of the Berlin Wall; guard towers, a lighted sand field – once known as the death strip – and the wall itself were all there. It was almost twenty-two years to […]

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Walking Through History on Berlin’s Grand Circle

I stood on the roof of the United States embassy in Berlin talking with Greg Delawie, the Deputy Chief of Mission in Germany. From that vantage point, our RIAS Berlin Kommission group enjoyed an impressive view of history; we could see the Brandenburg Gate, the German capital building – the Reichstag – and the lush, […]

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The NH Dresden Altmarkt

I never left my hotel room the last time I was in Dresden, Germany. I had come down with a fever after spending my morning at Buchenwald Concentration Camp on my way out of Weimar. It was horrible, since I physically could not leave my room; spaghetti bolognaise was the only thing I understood on […]

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Berlin’s Relexa Hotel Stuttgarter Hof

When it comes to a hotel, location is what matters most. And the Relexa Hotel Stuttgarter Hof of Berlin unquestionably has that, located right on what I like to call Berlin’s Grand Circle – an easily traversed ring within the central part of the city which includes stops at Checkpoint Charlie, the Brandenburg Gate, Potzdamer […]

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A Look Across Berlin

A look across to Germany’s capitol building, the Reichstag, from the Holocaust Memorial.

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