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German spy who sold secrets to US tried to make deal with Russians

Agent who sold top secret documents was caught offering his services to the Kremlin
Albin Köbis, who was shot as one of the ringleaders of the German naval mutiny in 1917

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: ‘My dear parents, I have been sentenced to death...’

Albin Köbis was a humble stoker whose doomed protest foreshadowed the mutinies that would eventually cripple Germany’s navy

Inside the massive Riesending cave complex

Injured German potholer was in search of 'super cave'

Stricken scientist was trying to unravel a geological mystery. Now, bringing him back up could take a week

Postcard from... Eisenach

The Wartburg is an imposing 11th-century castle perched on the edge of a 1,350ft precipice that overlooks the east German town of Eisenach.

Postcard from... Berlin

The building is still widely referred to as the “Red Monastery”. From 1955 until shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 the six-storey, red brick complex on Berlin’s Rungestrasse was a communist shrine. Built between 1930 and 1933, it served as the “Karl Marx” high school and was the top political education centre in East Germany. More than 25,000 communist party officials were schooled there.

Three for all: The pastor, rabbi and imam

Welcome to Berlin's House of One – a church, synagogue and mosque

Three religious leaders are pinning their faith on a single place of worship

Postcard from... Berlin

Friedrichshain is one of those trendy east Berlin boroughs better known for all-night bars, and student protests than  far-right violence.

Postcard from... Berlin

Sharp-eyed visitors to the Holocaust memorial will notice that something is going badly wrong at the acclaimed monument just nine years after it was opened.

Postcard from... Vienna

Woody Allen coined the phrase “rats with wings” for Columba livia, the Latin name for the detested feral pigeon.

Postcard from... Landscheid

If  it wasn’t for its nine-acre clay-pigeon shooting range, life in Landscheid – a small town in west Germany’s hilly Eifel region – might remain as slow and peaceful as it has since the end of the Second World War. The range has been used  two days a week for close on 40 years. Nobody objected.

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