June 18, 2018

See the image of a popular souvenir I’ve seen on sale at any number of souvenir shops in Slask (Silesia) this one in Szklarska Poreba. The Polish text translates as ‘If you always want to have money a...

June 1, 2018

I know the Third Reich is always top of all history curriculums and just as popular these days is refighting the Second World War via on-line computer games. The History of the Holy Roman Empire of th...

April 29, 2018

German soldiers lifting the Polish-German border crossing on 1st September 1939.

Sometimes reality is stranger than fiction but with all the internal and external pressures facing the European Union, t...

February 3, 2017

The BBC2 documentary entitled `Savage Peace` has to be the most vivid and graphic account of the atrocities committed against German civilians after the Second World War yet, shown on British televisi...

January 20, 2017

In a hall in a renown museum on Berlin`s most famous street, Unter den Linden, a grey haired woman in her 80’s stood at a podium and recalled a memory from when she was a very young girl. A memory of...

January 6, 2017

Have you ever heard the sound of a breaking silence? I think I can discern one but whether it’s merely a movement in the pack ice that has lane over the fate of millions in central and eastern Europe...

December 23, 2016

The Rhine Valley from Colmar through Strasbourg offers another opportunity to see a blend of German and French culture of the lower Rhine before heading on to the great Cathedral cities of Speyer (sit...

December 9, 2016

From the Austrian border it's just a hop skip and a jump to the southern lakes and mad king Ludwig's fairytale castles the most famous of which, schloss Neu Schwanstein, was the inspiration for the Di...

November 25, 2016

For those who can't do Germany without visiting somewhere closely associated with Hitler and the Third Reich then one of the eerily most impressive is Hitler's Eagle's lair, (the place he had built to...

November 11, 2016

There have been many good books on many different aspects of the Second World War and it is incredible that there are historians who can still, over seventy years on, add a new level of understanding...

October 29, 2016

I set off from Rotherhithe in east London for Terminal 5 at Heathrow on a rain sodden morning with a sense of excitement at embarking on a journey to one of the few remaining lesser travelled regions...

October 28, 2016

Count Dracula gained his infamous nickname Vlad the Impaler as a result of his reputation for having an unquenchable and notoriously sadistic bloodlust against any and all those that opposed or challe...

September 23, 2016

The Danube, Europe's longest and perhaps most majestic river begins in the sleepy south western German hamlet of Donaueschingen; and winds its way upstream to the city of Ulm, which boasts Europe's ta...

September 9, 2016

Those Anglo Saxons interested in the roots of their ancient ancestry will no doubt be charmed by the treasure trove that Saxony and the Elbe (among other areas of the ancient Saxon's lands) hold for

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August 19, 2016

In the south west corner of Germany lies one of Germany’s most famous attractions, the Black Forest, whose name dates back to Roman times when the Romans termed it’s dense conifer covered slopes ‘Silv...

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