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.
June 22, 1991 |
A small town in Germany just got smaller. As the reality of the historic Bundestag vote to move the capital to Berlin began to sink in Friday, this bucolic "federal village" on the Rhine anxiously pondered a future without its sole industry: government. Mayor Hans Daniels and the City Council adopted a slew of resolutions demanding compensation for the university town of 300,000, where one-third of the population relies on Bonn's being the capital for their livelihood.
May 8, 1995 |
In a solemn open-air ceremony timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the fall of Nazi Germany, Berlin's stunning New Synagogue was reopened Sunday after decades in ruins. "Our burden of responsibility is very high," said Jerzy Kanal, chairman of the Jewish Community of Berlin, which represents a much-reduced population of about 10,000. "We must fill this house with new life, and not just old Jewish history."
December 26, 1999 |
Once again, architecture is taking center stage! Or so it seems with the increasing number of cities that are hoping major new cultural landmarks will make them the next stop on the tourist train. This year, Washington's Corcoran Gallery of Art hired Frank Gehry to design a major new addition. London is about to open its new Richard Rogers-designed Millennium Dome, with the queen in attendance, and the Basel-based Herzog & de Meuron is designing the new De Young Museum building in San Francisco.
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.