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Podcast: Hitler’s Final Moments Recounted

Adolf Hitler killed himself on April 30th 1945 at the age of 56. He had taken shelter in a bunker beneath his government headquarters as the Red Army closed in on Berlin. The BBC Witness History podcast has gathered chilling firsthand accounts of his death from the BBC’s archives.

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‘Unorthodox’ Author Tells the Story of Her Life and Her Journey to Berlin

In this interview on DW, Deborah Feldman tells the story of her life as an ultra-orthodox Jew and her rejection of Hasidic traditions. Her book, ‘Unorthodox,’ inspired the Netflix series of the same name. What comes through loud and clear in this insightful interview is the ongoing multigenerational trauma of the Holocaust. One of the […]

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Germany: Berlin parliament passes five-year rent freeze

Berlin’s parliament . . . passed a law to freeze rent prices in the rapidly gentrifying city-state for five years, becoming the first federal state in Germany to introduce a rent cap. The new law puts a cap on residential rental prices in the German capital, where the cost of rent has doubled in the […]

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Behind the scenes of Germany’s foreign intelligence service

Ever since Germany’s BND foreign intelligence service completed its move to Berlin, the agency has tried to promote an image of openness rather than secrecy. An interactive exhibition is now open to visitors. Source: DW

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Berlin bans Checkpoint Charlie ‘soldiers’

Local authorities have revoked permission for actors to dress like US soldiers and take pictures with tourists. Police had reportedly requested the ban, saying some actors pressured tourists into paying for the photos. Source: DW Too bad. This was fun:

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Berlin has 3.6m people; many of them lonely

DW reports: One out of every two households in Berlin has only one person. There are chitchat hotlines for the elderly, professionally organized cuddle parties, and self-help Facebook groups. Now, the Berlin branch of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU), wants the capital to have an official commissioner for loneliness.

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Berlin: A Wonderful Capital City

I first visited Berlin in the early 1980s. Berlin was then a divided city. I stayed in the Western zone near the Kurfurstendamm, which at the time was the heart of Berlin. I took a one day bus tour to the East. We crossed through Checkpoint Charlie. The bus was thoroughly searched by East German […]