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Postcard from... Berlin

 

Postcard from... Neualbenreuth

 

Postcard from... Berlin

It is being hailed as the Teutonic answer to Silicon Valley so its promoters have somewhat predictably dubbed it “Silicon Allee”. Berlin’s digital start-up scene is located in the middle of what was once downtown communist East Berlin but every 20 hours a new company is reported to be established there.

Postcard from... Berlin

The monument boasts a giant statue of a Red Army soldier and two Russian T-34 tanks – vehicles, which many historians argue, did more than any other piece of military hardware to help Stalin inflict humiliating defeat on Nazi Germany during the Second World War.

Postcard from... Düsseldorf

Christian Zurbrüggen has been so busy handling the flood of media enquiries that have been pouring into the headquarters of his Düsseldorf department-store chain that he has only just got round to writing to his Chinese-crockery supplier.

Police named Jürgen Hermann – involved in a feud with the bank – as the gunman

Bank chief Jürgen Frick shot dead by ‘Robin Hood of Liechtenstein’

Police have identified the gunman as Jürgen Hermann, a well-known and allegedly disturbed fund manager in the principality

Postcard from... Saarbrücken

The scene was a birthday party held in Saarbrücken – a town close to Germany’s border with France which boasts one of the largest brothels in Europe. One of the guests was Peter Marx, the general secretary of Germany’s far-right, racist National Democratic Party (NPD). He was photographed alongside two scantily clad women waving sparklers. A striptease artist  performed while a birthday cake in the shape of a penis was cut up.

Jews from all over Europe were brought by train to the death camp at Auschwitz in Poland

The leaps of faith that saved a brave few from Auschwitz’s horrors: New study reveals how hundreds of Jews used desperate means to jump from Nazi trains

Research published in Germany tells the hitherto unheard stories of the estimated 764 individuals who managed to escape the Holocaust by jumping to freedom

Gabor Vona, leader of the far-right Jobbik party, saw significant gains

Hungary election: Concerns as neo-Nazi Jobbik party wins 20% of vote

Results showed that far-right Jobbik, which wants detention camps for Roma 'deviants', had upped its share of support by five per cent

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