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Chemnitz at 875: history, industry, culture

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The big Karl Marx head in Chemnitz, formerly Karl Marx Stadt. (Photo: public domain)

Known not only for its big Karl Marx head (the “Nischel” in Saxonian), Chemnitz now has around 240,000 inhabitants and a quite important technical university, where 25% of students (!) are international. The city happens to be celebrating its 875th jubilee and is vying to become a European Capital of Culture.

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#GoingGlocal: “Thank you for your letter,” Part II

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No planes, no ships needed – the world cruise can be undertaken in four days, on foot, by bike, by tram to the Leipzig Book Fair.

Part II of this five-part series depicts the beginning of the accidental pen-pal relationship between Diana growing up in the GDR and a girl growing up in the Soviet Union – the pivot of the whole story. We welcome readers to share their transnational cultural experiences with us, as well.

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#GoingGlocal: “Thank you for your letter,” Part I (COLUMN DEBUT)

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No planes, no ships needed – the world cruise can be undertaken in four days, on foot, by bike, by tram to the Leipzig Book Fair.

The idea in this new column is for people to share their transnational cultural experiences that shaped and changed them in some important way; the debut, running as a series for the next five weeks, features a Leipzig novelist’s relationship with all things Russian growing up in the old Karl-Marx-Stadt, and the friendship she built with a Leningrad pen pal.

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