Category Archives: History


25 years ago: Thousands of people from the GDR are trying to flee their country and have entered the embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in order to get a VISA. German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher on the balcony of the German Embassy in Prague announces to the crowd of refugees what had been impossible so far… well only so far; although it is in German, you can understand… he cannot finish the sentence even.

Seen a thousand times, but each time goose-bumps.


Sir Charles Chaplin: (no) Dictator

On March 4th 1975 Charles Chaplin was awarded a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II (“Knight Commander of the British Empire“).

Although widely known as comic actor, I think his role as “The Great Dictator” is one of his best and the final speech is one of the most impressive scenes in film history.

In current times there are quite a number of people who should watch this and take it to their heard. Unfortunately I have little hope.

Bendler Block – Monument German Resistance

“Es ist Zeit, dass jetzt etwas getan wird. Derjenige allerdings, der etwas zu tun wagt, muss sich bewusst sein, dass er wohl als Verräter in die deutsche Geschichte eingehen wird. Unterlässt er jedoch die Tat, dann wäre er ein Verräter vor seinem eigenen Gewissen.”
– Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg

“It is time to do something now. Who dares to do something though, must be aware that he will probably enter into German history as traitor. If he however fails to act, he would be a traitor to his own conscience.”
– Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg