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Book Review: Voices in Exile

Book Review: Voices in Exile

“By banning Jewish composers, Hitler’s Reich amputated an essential limb from the body of German cultural continuity,” writes Michael Haas in his groundbreaking book on Jewish musicians persecuted by the Third Reich, entitled Forbidden Music: The Jewish Composers Banned by the Nazis, published by Yale University Press in April. The former producer of Decca’s ‘Entartete […]

Long-Distance Creativity

Long-Distance Creativity

In a first-ever art phenomenon, the Viennese artist Alex Kiessling will use advanced robotic technology to simultaneously create three free-hand drawings in three different cities: Vienna, London and Berlin. On 26 September the artist will be working in the Ovalhalle, at MuseumsQuartier, where his movements will be captured by sensors and transmitted via satellite to […]

France’s German Mirror

France’s German Mirror

NEWS ANALYSIS:  Berlin’s Tegel Airport, which still greets most of the passengers arriving in the capital of Europe’s leading economic power, is outdated and provincial. The opening of Schönefeld Airport, transformed into an international hub, has been delayed for more than a year for technical reasons (a somewhat reassuring challenge to Germany’s reputation for efficiency). […]

Gallery Run: The Berlin Connection

Gallery Run: The Berlin Connection

  The cliché is that Berlin is hip while Vienna is staid and boring. And to an extent this is true: Vienna has not fully embraced the styles and techniques of contemporary art to the extent that Berlin has, transformed as it has been into an international hub for art since the fall of the […]

Berlin – Crossing Borders

Berlin – Crossing Borders

“Berlin ist nicht Deutschland,” says Kathrin, sitting on the grass. Behind her, a guy spins a diabolo, an hourglass-shaped piece of plastic, on a length of string attached to two wooden sticks. From somewhere out of sight, the sound of bongo drums glides through the air, amplifying the liveliness that the whirl of people bestows […]

Cars burning in Berlin

The number of car burnings in Berlin increased dramatically in August, with targets broadening from expensive cars like Mercedes, BMWs and Audis to seemingly random targets that included small and medium-sized family and service vehicles. Since the beginning of the year, at least 138 cars have been torched, more than doubling the figure for all […]

Berlin in Early Spring

It is 6 a.m. at the Vienna International Airport, and I can barely keep my eyes open. You would imagine that everything and everyone would still be fast asleep. The Air Berlin gate, however, is crowded with people caffeine-ed up and ready for action, talking so loudly, that I can’t help but notice the Berlin […]

The Eternal Wall

Walls designed to keep people in or out – whether they are in Berlin, Nicosia, Israel, or Korea – are always the product of fear: East German leaders’ fear of a mass exodus by their citizens seeking freedom and dignity; Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders’ fear of continued war; Israelis’ fear of terrorism; or the […]

More Walls Still to Fall

The German people, and the whole world alongside them, are celebrating a landmark date in history, the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Not many events remain in the collective memory as a watershed that divides two distinct periods. The dismantling of the Berlin Wall – that stark, concrete symbol of a […]

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