January 27th, 1945, that is 71 years ago, the Red Army liberated the camp complex of Auschwitz. Since then the name of that South Polish town stands representatively for the biggest atrocities of mankind and for the ugliest side of war
“Heather of the Mark, Sand of the Mark” – that is what Brandenburg State’s anthem is all about and to the south of Berlin, in Sperenberg you can find plenty of it as meanwhile nature took over from once deployed Soviet airmen. Being built by GDR for its big brother and comrade in arms the Russians used the airfield until 1994. Since then the huge 24 km² extensive abandoned area is exposed to decay
Krampnitz near Potsdam, at the doorstep of Berlin, was a big military base of the tank troops of former GSFG, the Group of Soviet Forces in Germany. More and more abandoned witnesses like Krampnitz disappear as they get reconquered by nature again or humans level everything to the ground. Krampnitz will face that destiny as well, but unlike other military camps it got perpetuated by Hollywood movie “Enemy at the Gates”
In northern Namibia, between the giant Etosha salt pan and the border to Angola, countless bars and taverns shake hands along the roads connecting Oshakati, Oshikuku and Outapi. Most of them are a product of modern time, but some are a witness of a time period when former German South-West Africa struggled for independence as they served thousands of soldiers with booze and fun during South African Border War
Pripyat ghost town is situated in northern Ukraine, where the country borders with Belorussia. In 1986 there, only some 120km away from the capital Kiev, an epic catastrophe happened when the nuclear core of reactor 4 of nearby Chernobyl nuclear power plant melted and caused an explosion. The detonation contaminated the proximity poisoning it for thousands of years. Also it catapulted radioactive material into the atmosphere where it formed a travelling cloud that polluted Europe making the name of small village of Chernobyl being on everyone’s lips, worldwide. The accident was that tremendous that the MCA was promoted to become ultimate. It didn’t remain the only accident of its kind though
The Battle of Berlin in 1945 claimed more than 170.000 killed soldiers and several ten thousands of dead civilians. More than half a million people got wounded, physically as well as mentally. The Soviet War Memorial at Schönholzer Heide in Berlin’s Pankow district is final resting place to almost 20.000 Red Army soldiers that fell victim to that final combat
While the whole world of social media laughed their asses off when Robert Mugabe fell – only a few people have a mere clue who that actually is and where Zimbabwe is located – I was on the ground to have a look at the mighty Victoria Falls of Zambezi River with my own eyes and not by the help of Google Earth & Co.
Berlin-based bridge Oberbaumbrücke is a symbol for many things: Where nowadays cars, metros and tourists cross Spree River from north to south, was once the border between the East and the West. The former border strip was guided by the course of the river; a route, that today is famous for pleasure boat trips. The towers of Oberbaumbrücke are not only identity-establishing for the directly neighbouring club Watergate, but stand first and foremost for the vicinity of Berlin and Brandenburg. Also in my life Oberbaumbrücke played an important role, as it was my first contact with the West after the Berlin Wall fell down
I am more than happy to have visited Syria…! The country plunged into complete disaster as the civil war threw the country at incredible turmoil. The war tore families, friends and everyday life apart and had a massive impact on all cultural sites as well of course. Nothing is like it was before…, which is pretty inconceivable for us stability-blessed westerners. As an hommage to a country with an incredible hospitality and a worlwide unique historic substance I have put the photo material taken in 2007 to a revision, also because the software side of digital photography is subject to technical evolution. Nowadays, only 7 years after my journey, writing down the word Syria rather leads to receiving intelligence service attention instead of awakening excitement for a genuine Crusader fortress, thousands of years old settlements or ancient Roman ruins. Sad…!
What do Ebba, Knut, Greta and Elvis have in common? Correct: all of them are true blue, come across the “wrong” side and run in Stockholm’s underground solely. But what sounds a bit like a scattered group of weirdoes is actually black-blue, made of metal and dedicated to transport people: the Tunnelbana, Stockholm’s metro, where every of its coaches has its own name. Quite likeable, isn’t it? But the real gem of the Swedish metropolitan underground is the variety of its stations since in particular the subterranean stops are brought to the fore artistically making every stage telling a very own optically exciting story.