“A unique parallel between a young girl’s life in an uncompromising family and the tensions mounting on both sides of the Berlin Wall as she finds a way to freedom. A remarkable journey.”

—Zohreh Ghahremani, Author of Sky of Red Poppies

Walled-In

In her memoir, Walled-In, J. Elke Ertle shares what it was like to grow up in West Berlin, Germany, during the aftermath of World War II, a time when the city was divided into American, British, French, and Soviet occupation sectors. Initially, forty percent of all structures in the city were destroyed. There was little food or shelter. Many died, but Elke’s family survives.

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About the author, J. Elke Ertle

J. Elke Ertle was born and raised in West Berlin following World War II, a time when the city was the focus of an escalating Cold War between East and West. During the first twenty-one years of her life, she lived with her mother and father in the British sector of the city and was known by her first name, Jutta.

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Living History with J. Elke Ertle on YouTube

J. Elke Ertle shared her eye witness recollections of President John F. Kennedy’s 1963 Berlin visit in a conversation with Stephen Fagin, Associate Curator, Sixth Floor Museum at Daley Plaza, Dallas Texas. The Museum’s Living History Series recognizes Kennedy’s life, assassination and legacy.

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1000 years city of Leipzig

16/04/2015   |   No Comments »

The city of Leipzig, Germany, is celebrating its 1,000th anniversary this year. Thietmar, Bishop of Merseburg, mentioned the Saxon trading town for the first time on 20 December 1015 in his chronicle. http://www.leipzig.travel/csdata/download/1/de/leipzig2015_14952.pdf

Year-Around Leipzig Sights

Leipzig is a city full of interesting history and culture: There is the Thomaskirche where Johann Sebastian Bach worked as a music director. The Thomaner Boys Choir has delighted audiences for 800 years. The first Christmas market took place here in 1458. Auerbach’s Keller is a tavern that was already frequented by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. His classic legend “Faust” is set here. You can still visit the tavern today. The University of Leipzig was founded in 1409, and the Leipzig Zoo opened its doors in 1878 for the first time. The old shopping arcade of Specks Hof is located here, and so is the famous concert hall, the Gewandhaus. The beautiful, old St. Nikolaikirche (St. Nicholas Church), is located in Leipzig. It rose to national fame in 1989 when its Monday peace prayers became an integral part of East Germany’s peaceful revolution against communist rule. Leipzig is also the birthplace of institutions such as the German Publishers and Booksellers Association and the German Football Association.

Special 2015 Leipzig Events

Leipzig is a delight to visit at any time, but this year will be even more exciting because of the many birthdays that will take place this year. The city of Leipzig will celebrate its 1000th anniversary. Both, the St. Nikolaikirche and the Leipziger Messe (Leipzig trade fairs) will see their 850th birthday. And Leipzig’s Central Train Station will turn 100 this year. Many special events are scheduled throughout the year. Below are some of the highlights:

May 1- to May 25 – Leipzig’s Museum of Fine Arts will present a Paul Klee exhibition, exhibiting about 100 expressionist’s works.

May 17 to May 24 – St. Nikolaikirche’s first festival celebrating 850 years.

May 20 to Oct 25 – Exhibition “1015 – Leipzig from its beginning”

May 22 to May 31Wagner Festival

May 31 to June 7 – The Titanick Theater is enacting Leipzig’s 1000-year history at different places throughout the city, and the Gewandhaus Orchestra is playing Mendelssohn’s “Hymn of Praise,” accompanied by a 1000-voice choir.

June 27 to July 5 – Festival “850 Years Leipzig Fairs” at the trade grounds.

July 10 to 11 – Open air concert “Klassik Airleben” with the Gewandhaus Orchestra.

October 9 – Festival of Lights.

December 20 – Closing event in the Augustusplatz, including the cutting of the grand birthday cake with 1000 candles.

 

 

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Many things are learned in adversity

13/04/2015   |   No Comments »

Many things are learned in adversity, just as stars may be seen from the bottom of a deep well when they cannot be seen from the top of the mountain.

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