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Reformation: true story or creation myth?

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Luther statue at Our Lady Church in Dresden. (Photo: public domain)

As we rejoice over not having to go to work and put on our Halloween costumes, we’re also asked to remember a little something a famous local guy named Martin Luther did 500 years ago. But what we’re commemorating may not have taken place quite as promoted over the past centuries.

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Time and the old lady: Leipzig in 1999

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Cover shot: View of the tower of the Petri Church as seen from my bedroom window. (Photo: John Paul Kleiner)

“The older generation here has survived to see virtually every aspect of the society and system they helped build be repudiated by their successors. It’s one thing to have your style of dress, taste in music, social mores, etc. rejected, quite another to witness the entirety of your previous way of life be deposited into the ‘dustbin of history.'”

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FKK: nudism, me and eastern Germany

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This alternative pair lay on a stony place nearby Rewe (after their shopping) in Plagwitz (Zschochersche Str.) on 17 May, 2017. They agreed with the publication. (Photo: Stefan Hopf)

“Here too it was ‘all nude, all the time,’ and we had to pick our way to chairs through a gaggle of naked, 60ish women who reclined leafing through back issues of SuperIllu, a sort of eastern German version of People magazine specializing in former GDR celebrities and their offspring.”

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Reclaiming one’s German heritage

in Philosophies/Society by

On a personal level, I can now feel the profound healing of knowing and owning my identity, as well as not having any divisions of our homeland coming in between the sides of my family.

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Eilenburg and the terrorist next door

in Opinion/Politics by

When al-Bakr looked out the window, he would have seen the glorious Eilenburg Castle. I went around to investigate what he was like.

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DOK Preview: discover DEFA and GDR films

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Vintage camera. (Photo: public domain)

The history of the film studio mirrors that of Germany itself.

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