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  • BARON MUNCHAUSEN

    BARON MUNCHAUSEN

    The greatest liar of all times, Baron Munchausen, fell prey to a plot of lies himself. While his stories have become world literature and defined his public image as the ‚Baron of Lies‘, hardly anybody knows the real Munchausen and his tragic fate. Having experienced the splendid life at the Russian tsar’s court, the Baron – back in Germany – bemoans his fate as an aristocrat of rather modest means. The only comfort to him: his adventures, which he embroiders […]

  • THE NAKED SHAKESPEARE

    THE NAKED SHAKESPEARE

    Who was Shakespeare? We look at the stories and the controversy surrounding the identity of the greatest writer of all time. Over the course of the last centuries, a rumour has established itself as fact: that a merchant from Stratford-upon-Avon by the name of William Shakespeare is the author. However, no handwritten texts have survived, no letters, not even references to his writings from that time. Mark Twain, Henry James and Vladimir Nabokov did not believe that the man from […]

  • HITLER’S OFFICE

    HITLER’S OFFICE

    This is where Hitler planned his war and where it ended with his death in the bunker: The New Reich Chancellery in Berlin. It was Hitler’s official residence, office and bunker; from here he planned the war and here it ended with his death – the New Reich Chancellery in Berlin. “He who enters the Reich Chancellery must feel that he is in the presence of the Lords of the World.” This was the only condition that Adolf Hitler set […]

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  • THE THREE MAGI

    THE THREE MAGI

    In the story of the Nativity they are the most fairy-tale like characters of all: The Magi, the Three Wise Men from the East. In the 3rd century, a comprehensive legend formed around them, their number, the fact that they are kings and – in the 6th century – even their names: Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar. One of the largest Gothic cathedrals in the world was built in their honour: Cologne Cathedral. Legend has it that their bones rest here […]