Kurt Heissmeyer-“For me there was no basic difference between human beings and guinea pigs.”

One of the more disturbing aspects of the Holocaust is that so many perpetrators got way with murder, even after admitting to it. Kurt Heissmeyer was a SS physician and the nephew of the senior SS officer August Heissmeyer. In order for Kurt to receive a professorship he requires to present original research. Even though  previouslyContinue reading “Kurt Heissmeyer-“For me there was no basic difference between human beings and guinea pigs.””

Checkpoint Charlie

Checkpoint Charlie was first set up in August 1961, when communist East Germany erected the Berlin Wall to prevent its citizens from fleeing to the democratic West. While it was only one of several crossings in and around Berlin—there was also a Checkpoint Alpha and Bravo—Charlie was notable for its location on Friedrichstrasse, a historicContinue reading “Checkpoint Charlie”

MiG 21 crash into a apartment block.

There you are having your minding your own and before you know it there is a MiG 21 parked in your living room. This is what happened to some inhabitants of  the Plattenbau” building, Cottbus, East Germany. On January 14th, 1975, Major Peter Makowicka, 33, wass on a training mission with his Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG 21Continue reading “MiG 21 crash into a apartment block.”

Shot for trying to go to another part of the City.

Erected in the dead of night on August 13, 1961, the Berlin Wall (known as Berliner Mauer in German) was a physical division between West Berlin and East Germany. Its purpose was to keep disaffected East Germans from fleeing to the West. When the Berlin Wall fell on November 9, 1989, its destruction was nearlyContinue reading “Shot for trying to go to another part of the City.”

Germany re-united 3-10-1990

I am not going too deep into the re-unification of Germany. I will leave the images do the talking. German reunification (Deutsche Wiedervereinigung) took place on October 3, 1990, when the areas of the former German Democratic Republic (GDR, in English commonly called “East Germany”) were incorporated into the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG, in English commonly called “West Germany”), bothContinue reading “Germany re-united 3-10-1990”

A leap into freedom

Hans Conrad Schumann (March 28, 1942 – June 20, 1998) was an East German soldier who famously defected to West Germany during the construction of the Berlin Wall on 15 August 1961. Conrad Schumann was immortalized in this photograph as he leapt across the barricade that would become the Berlin Wall. The photo was called “The Leap into Freedom”. It became anContinue reading “A leap into freedom”

Ich bin ein Berliner

The speech is considered one of Kennedy’s best, both a notable moment of the Cold War and a high point of the New Frontier. It was a great morale boost for West Berliners, who lived in an enclave deep inside East Germany and feared a possible East German occupation. Speaking from a platform erected onContinue reading “Ich bin ein Berliner”

The standoff at Checkpoint Charlie

Checkpoint Charlie  was the name given by the Western Allies to the best-known Berlin Wall crossing point between East Berlin and West Berlin during the Cold War (1947–1991). East German leader Walter Ulbricht agitated and maneuvered to get the Soviet Union’s permission to construct the Berlin Wall in 1961 to stop Eastern Bloc emigration andContinue reading “The standoff at Checkpoint Charlie”

Ida Siekmann & Günter Litfin-The first two victims of the Berlin Wall.

There were numerous deaths at the Berlin Wall, which stood as a barrier between West Berlin and East Germany from 13 August 1961 until 9 November 1989. Before the rise of the Berlin Wall in 1961, 3.5 million East Germans circumvented Eastern Bloc emigration restrictions, many by crossing over the border from East Berlin into WestContinue reading “Ida Siekmann & Günter Litfin-The first two victims of the Berlin Wall.”