In search of “Heinrich the Fowler”

This morning, while working through Sigrid Schultz’s articles from 1936, I stumbled on a creepy story. There are, of course plenty of creepy stories from Berlin in 1936, but this was creepy in a different way.   The article opened this way: “A mystical ceremony in honor of the 1000th anniversary of the death of…

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Sigrid Schultz, the “New Woman,” and Fanny Fern Fitzwater

Sigrid Schultz always described herself as a newspaperman. She worked in a largely male world, first as a foreign correspondents and later as a war correspondent in World War II. She was proud of her role as the first woman to be a foreign bureau chief for an American newspaper. Schultz, and the small number…

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Airships, Blimps, Dirigibles, and Zeppelins

In the weeks since we got home from our Big Road Trip back in June,* I’ve been immersed in the years between the end of World War I and the rise of the Nazis in Germany. One of the things that has captured my imagination is how fascinated people were by aviation in those years.…

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