“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

Surrounded by the stone-and-mortar Berlin Wall and trapped behind equally insurmountable parental walls, a young girl breaks free and seeks independence far from home. I was that girl. Walled-In is my memoir. It is the story of the first 21 years of my life, growing up in West Berlin during the Cold War when the city was divided into American, British, French, and Soviet occupation sectors.

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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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J. Elke Ertle read from her book, “Walled-In: A West Berlin Girl’s Journey to Freedom.” It is the story of how she learned English, entitled, “English according to Herr Kraschinski.”

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US Global Image Plummets Big-Time

20/11/2017   |   No Comments »

 

Anholt-GfK, a renowned international market research firm, just released the results of its November 2017 global image survey. The bad news is that, within the last year, the US plunged from first place to sixth place in terms of its perceived reputation around the world. Of the 50 countries assessed in the survey, Germany achieved the top score, followed by France and England. Japan and Canada tie for fourth and fifth place. http://www.gfk.com/insights/press-release/germany-reclaims-top-nation-brand-ranking-with-usa-dropping-to-sixth-place/

Global Image Branding

Perceptions matter. These days, perceptions seem to matter more than facts at times. Just as product brands conjure up good or bad images among consumers, global branding refers to the perceptions people form about nations. The Anholt-GfK index is designed to help governments understand, measure and influence global perception by promoting positive aspects of their country.

Global Image Survey

In its most recent survey, Anholt-GfK measured how 50 countries throughout North and South America, Western, Central and Eastern Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa are perceived worldwide. The firm conducted 20,185 interviews in 20 panel countries with adults aged 18 and over. Their global image index is comprised of six dimensions:

The Anholt-GfK Global Image Survey measures how 50 countries are perceived worldwide. www.walled-in-berlin.com

The Anholt-GfK Global Image Survey measures how 50 countries are perceived worldwide. www.walled-in-berlin.com

  1. People (global opinions of the country’s reputation for competence, openness and friendliness and other qualities such as tolerance),
  2. Governance (global opinions of the country’s government competency and fairness, as well as its perceived commitment to global issues),
  3. Exports (global image of the country’s products and services),
  4. Tourism (global interest in visiting the country and the draw of its natural and man-made tourist attractions),
  5. Investment and Immigration (global power to attract people to live, work or study in the country measured and the perceptions of the country’s quality of life and business environment),
  6. Culture and Heritage (global perceptions of the country’s heritage and appreciation of its contemporary culture).

 

Of the 50 countries measured in this study, only the US saw its overall score drop this year. It slid from first place in 2016 to sixth place in 2017. Particularly, the “People” and “Governance” dimensions showed a sharp decline. By contract, Germany moved up in its global image from second place in 2016 to first place in 2017. France jumped from fifth place in 2016 to second place in 2017. England and Canada saw no change, and Japan made it into the top five rankings for the first time. According to Professor Simon Anholt, policy advisor and creator of the Anholt-Gfk study, the decrease in America’s image in the governance category suggests a “Trump effect,” triggered by President Trump’s policies and his “America First” message.

 

For a sneak peek at the first 20+ pages of my memoir, Walled-In: A West Berlin Girl’s Journey to Freedom, click “Download a free excerpt” on the home page of http://www.walled-in-berlin.com Walled-In is my story of growing up in Berlin during the Cold War.

Truth about the Human Tongue

16/11/2017   |   No Comments »

Sad truth about the human tongue – It takes only three years to learn how to use it, but it takes a lifetime to learn where and when to use it.

— Anonymous

The human tongue - It takes a lifetime to learn where and when to use it. www.walled-in-berlin.com

The human tongue – It takes a lifetime to learn where and when to use it. www.walled-in-berlin.com

 

For a sneak peek at the first 20+ pages of my memoir, Walled-In: A West Berlin Girl’s Journey to Freedom, click “Download a free excerpt” on the home page of http://www.walled-in-berlin.com Walled-In is my story of growing up in Berlin during the Cold War.