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Lachendes Leben (Laughing Life) is the monthly of German naturists in 1925. Not a single dressed person is to be found in the magazine, not even in winter. In the December 1926 issue there is a... [Item of the Day]
In the 1920s a large group of Ukrainians lived in Berlin. From 1929 onwards the Ukrainska Gazeta, or Ukrainische Zeitung appeared in Berlin. The subscription list indicates that the newspaper sold as... [Item of the Day]
The London photographer John Mayall made this portrait of Karl Marx in 1875. Since then, hundreds of thousands of copies have circulated throughout the world. Fifteen photographs of Marx exist. On... [Item of the Day]
In Germany nude swimming used to be tolerated in certain reserved areas, but in the socialist DDR it was officially prohibited in the fifties. The numerous lovers of "Freikörperkultur" were now... [Item of the Day]
On May 27, 1887, Erich Kuttner was born in Berlin-Schöneberg. As a social-democrat he advocated the interests of those who had been disabled in the war and fought for a fair legal system in Germany.... [Item of the Day]
The German chancellor Bismarck was only slightly wounded in an attempt to murder him in Bad Kissingen on 13 July 1874. The offender belonged to the Catholic political wing. The man committed his... [Item of the Day]
Captain Cook's third and last expedition starts on 12 July 1776 with the departure of the 'Resolution' from Plymouth. The German sailor Johann Heinrich Zimmermann (1741-1805) is aboard. In 1781... [Item of the Day]
On April 11, at 5.23 p.m., on the the Kurfürstendamm in Berlin, the unskilled painter Josef Erwinn Bachmann fired three shots into Rudi Dutschke's face. The life of the student leader was in danger,... [Item of the Day]
Protesting against the decision by the German government to accept the peace treaty of Versailles, a group of soldiers under Wolfgang Kapp took control of Berlin on March 13, 1920. The trade unions... [Item of the Day]
During an official reception of the Hessian Parliament in Wiesbaden, 3 August 1983, the American general Paul Williams was sprayed with blood. The culprit, Frank Schwalba-Hoth (*1953), was a member... [Item of the Day]