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It’s 2017 & How Are You?

Greetings all,

It has been a while since I last posted on this blog page. A lot has happened and I do hope you had a WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS and continue having a HAPPY NEW YEAR! (Yep, it has been that long)

I have talked about the December 19th terror attack in Berlin on the other BerlinBrigade.com social media channels but I do want to take a moment to remember the victims. You will always be in our thoughts.

Recently, I listened to the December 24, 2016 podcast episode of THIS WEEK IN GERMANY and in it the host talk about the one thing that surprised him about the aftermath of the attack. The one thing was the resiliency of the citizens of Berlin and how they were not to be stopped by this single event. All I could say when I heard that is “tell me something I didn’t know.”

Anyone that spent any time in Berlin from 1945 to 1994, knows first hand the citizens of that GREAT CITY are a UNIQUE people. They have had to deal with the Second World War, the aftermath of the war, the numerous blockades of Berlin by the Soviets, the Berlin Airlift, the construction of the Berlin Wall, and the list goes on and on. Yet, through all that the citizens of Berlin come out of it unscathed, a little worse for the wear but unscathed nonetheless.

Now we are into the second month of 2017 and life is back to BERLIN NORMAL and with the start of the BERLINALE just days away it will be another interesting time. Of course, Berlin will do the 67th International Berlin Filmfestival / 67 Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin with that unique Berlin grace, style, and wonder!

OH, TO BE IN BERLIN ONE MORE TIME….

Thanks for your time,
David

Remembering Christmastime in Berlin

I hope you are having a wonderful Holiday Season.

Christmas Magic at Berlin's Gendarmenmarkt

Have you seen the latest images from Berlin? For as much as the times have changed, one thing that has not changed is Christmastime in Berlin. The Christmas Markets all over Berlin are open for business. Traditional Gingerbread Hearts, Gluhwein, Bratwurst, and all the other great and tasty food and drink.

Traditional Gingerbread Hearts

The food is not the only reason visit those Christmas Markets. The abundance of handmade crafts and gifts for kids of all ages. The nutcrackers, the wooden doll candle-holders, Christmas tree ornaments and just about anything else.

Of course, all the markets throughout a unified Berlin are nothing compared to the one we remember the at the foot of the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, better known as Weihnachtsmarkt am Gedächtniskirche. I can almost smell the Gluhwein now.

The entrance of the Christmas Market at the Gedachtniskirche in Berlin (image courtesy berlin-enjoy.com)

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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This Day In Berlin Brigade History – 30 AUG 78

A Polish civilian aircraft on a scheduled flight from Gdansk, Poland, to Schoenefeld Airport in East Berlin, was diverted and forced to land at Tempelhof Airport in the United States sector of West Berlin.

30August1978

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This Day In Berlin Brigade History – 22 AUG 90

The legislature of the German Democratic Republic votes in favour of the unification of the GDR with the Federal Republic of Germany on 3 October 1990 and agrees to hold elections in the unified country on 2 December 1990.

22August1990

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This Day In Berlin Brigade History – 21 AUG 88

Four GDR citizens escape through the Spree River near the Berlin Reichstag, watched by numerous West Berliners. The crew of the patrol boat that pursues them does not make use of their firearms; all the escapees reach the Western part of the city uninjured.

21August1988

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