EASTERN GERMANY is on edge as tensions rise over Russian President Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine, with calls growing to scrap supplies to the country. Ties between Russia and Germany are both historically and economically linked, with the former Soviet Union playing a key part in East German history.
The war weighs heavy on Ilse Thiele's mind these days as she sits in the floral print armchair in her Berlin living room, the television constantly tuned to the news from Ukraine. "Of course all the memories come flooding back," the 85-year-old retired manager of an East German post office says, as she watches the streams of exhausted refugees meeting armies of volunteers just minutes away at Berlin's main train station.
Just over three decades ago I stood on top of the Berlin Wall which - for almost three decades before - had torn friends and families apart, split a country and set the division of Europe in concrete. I watched and held my breath with thousands of others on that heady night in November 1989, when one brave young man dared to jump off the wall into what had been "no man's land".
The pilot’s act of kindness helped inspire a mission that resulted in thousands of sweets being dropped into the beleaguered country Gail “Hal” Halvorsen, an air force pilot whose gesture of kindness during the Berlin airlift – sending tonnes of sweets fluttering down from the sky to the city’s children – endured as a redeeming moment amid the aggressions of the Cold War, has died aged 101.
Meet the red poets society – members of the East German secret service who helped the regime police writing and poetry throughout the GDR One of the Cold War’s more unusual episodes has a strong element of farce: East Germany’s secret police, it seems, had an active poetry writing group.
In Focus: The oldest known map of the cosmos, and the detectorists who sold an £8m find for just £13,000
A bronze ‘sky disc’, thought to be the world’s oldest map of the cosmos, is the star attraction of the British Museum's 'The World of Stonehenge' exhibition. Vicky Liddell takes a look. One of the earth’s most strange and beautiful objects is on display at the British Museum for the first time.
Revealed: How Nazi monster who oversaw torture and murder of CHILDREN at 'Little Auschwitz' went on to live 'cosy' post-war life writing training manuals for German POLICE, new research shows
SS Sturmbannführer Friedrich Camillo Ehrlich led 'Kinder-KZ' in occupied Poland There, he oversaw the horrendous treatment of up to 2,000 Polish youngsters As many as 300 were murdered or died due to the horrendous conditions Ehrlich was captured by Red Army after the war and sentenced to life in prison
'Don't Say Gay' Is Real and Terrifying In the second episode, the word "lesbian" is still spoken by the characters, but the Chinese subtitles allegedly chose to ignore it in translation. In "The One With Joey's Dirty Day," the suggestion to go to a strip club is translated as "going out to have fun," and in "The One with the East German Laundry Detergent," Ross' acknowledgement that women can have multiple orgasms is mistranslated to women "having endless gossip."
Umair Zaheer was caught after posing for pictures with an AK47, which identified his clothing. Detectives followed him after they hacked his secretive EncroChat communications system An underworld armourer who sold Uzis, AK47s and sub-machine guns to gangsters has been jailed for 25 years. Umair Zaheer, 34, who called himself “Assassin’s Creed” after the violent video game, also possessed firearms in relation to a plot to have a gangland rival shot.
My guest in this week's Book Club podcast is Philip Oltermann, whose new book The Stasi Poetry Circle: The Creative Writing Class that Tried to Win the Cold War, unearths one of the most unexpected corners of East German history. At the height of the Cold War, members of the GDR's notorious secret police got together regularly to workshop their poems.
| Current German Chancellor Olaf Scholz traveled to the GDR several times in the 1980s as a leader of his party's youth wing. He was granted special treatment in the former East, then followed home and spied on in Hamburg. An investigation by German mass-market Bild newspaper revealed on Monday that Chancellor Olaf Scholz was under surveillance by the Stasi – the East German secret police – throughout the 1980s.
With his odd symbols and signs, the East German painter created a ‘democratic’ style in defiance of the state. A new exhibition shows how his vision was inspired by the trauma of conflict and the cold war In 1979, the Stasi entered Ralf Winkler’s Dresden studio and trashed the place.
It was not fair when I raced against doped-up East Germans and it is not fair for women to compete against transgender swimmer Lia Thomas; here's why, writes Olympic champion Nancy Hogshead-Makar
Inclusion and fairness are two vital values in the world of sports. Transgender women should be allowed to compete in women's athletics, so long as these individuals can show that they've mitigated the athletic advantages that come with male puberty. As an Olympic champion and as a civil rights lawyer, I can assure you that there is nothing fair about transgender woman Lia Thomas competing for the University of Pennsylvania in NCAA swimming.
A dark shadow still hangs over East German athletes over 40 years after Moscow Games As swimming chiefs prepare to confront the injustices caused by East German athletes operating under a state-sponsored doping programme, Jeremy Wilson speaks to the Britons hoping to finally receive the medals they feel they deserve.