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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Endpapers

Let me start with the short version: Endpapers: A Family Story of Books, War, Escape and Home is one of the best works of non-fiction I’ve read in a while. Here’s the long version: In 2017, former Sports Illustrated journalist Alexander Wolff  set out to explore his family’s German roots. The result is an extraordinary…

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Nazi War Crimes Trials: Not Just Nuremberg

Two years ago, My Own True Love and I spent Christmas with family members in Nuremberg. It was a fascinating mixture of Christmas markets, the city’s glory days in the medieval period, gingerbread, and Nazis.* It was a perfect history nerd holiday, with lots of new perspectives on things I thought I knew something about.…

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