November 26, 1999 |
A picture of U.S. Ambassador John Kornblum in this week's issue of Der Spiegel, Germany's most influential weekly newsmagazine, shows him in a cowboy hat and sheriff's badge, blowing on the muzzle of a smoking gun. The photograph of the envoy as wannabe Wyatt Earp is from this year's Mardi Gras celebration in Cologne, where Kornblum served as master of ceremonies for the annual masquerade.
October 31, 1999 |
All cities are intricate historical recordings, their buildings repositories of happy and failed lives, of national ambitions and personal hopes. But in Berlin, the scars of history reach an operatic scale. Nineteenth century imperial ambitions, the chaotic freedom of the Weimar Republic, the horrors of Hitler's Third Reich, the fractured culture of the Cold War--all are forever embedded in the city's collective memory. For a decade, Berlin has been trying to mend that fractured past.
November 25, 1998 |
German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder on Tuesday convened the first Cabinet meeting here since Adolf Hitler was in power--in a symbolic show of impatience over the stalled move of the capital from Bonn, where the new leader works in the shadow of Helmut Kohl. Schroeder, who succeeded Kohl only four weeks ago, has repeatedly pushed the army of builders and planners at work refitting this city to speed up construction of the new government quarters along the Spree River.
July 26, 1997 |
Of all the renovated streets and plazas of this soon-to-be-rebuilt capital, the most splendid is to be Pariser Platz, the square directly in the late-afternoon shadows of Berlin's pillared Brandenburg Gate. Already, a stately hotel is nearing completion on the square, prestigious future bank buildings are tantalizingly veiled by scaffolding and plans have been selected for the future French and British embassies. The United States is to be part of Pariser Platz's restored classical elegance too.
July 7, 1997 |
Talking to retired Kellermeister Lothar Wrosch, the grit, traffic and pardon-our-dust signs of modern Berlin slip out of mind and you can almost hear the clopping of horses' hooves and feel the cool, damp air of a turn-of-the-century wine cellar. Wrosch spent his youth tending the vintages in the vast cave of the Hotel Adlon, between-the-wars Berlin's answer to the Ritz or the Plaza, and he is proud to tell of it. To this day, he has kept his dogeared wine lists.
May 30, 1995 |
For more than two decades, motorists--and there are plenty in this land in love with the internal combustion engine--have pressed for the construction of a tunnel beneath the congestion in the heart of this sprawling city. Now their dream is about to be fulfilled--and some Berliners are wondering if the lobbying hasn't paid off too richly. A huge park, the Tiergarten, lies in the middle of Berlin.