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Attractions in Koblenz, Germany

Attractions in Koblenz, Germany

Koblenz, Germany: One of the oldest and most diverse cities in Germany The city of Koblenz is impressive for its exposed location at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers in northern Rhineland-Palatinate. Founded over 2,000 years ago, it is one of the oldest cities in Germany. Although 87% of it was destroyed in the Second World War, the rebuilt city and its surroundings offer a wealth of architectural and cultural monuments that are well worth seeing. Many buildings…

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The Literature of the German Democratic Republic Part II

The Literature of the German Democratic Republic Part II

1976–1990: With Biermann’s expatriation (1976) and the semi-public reactions to it, the regime’s inability to engage in any intellectual debate became evident. The situation worsened again in 1979 after critical works by GDR authors were published by Western publishers (Heym, “5 Tage im Juni”, 1974; Rolf Schneider, “November”, 1979) and SED cultural officials reacted with new defamation campaigns and eight writers (K. Bartsch, Endler, Loest, K. Poche, K. Schlesinger, Jurek Becker, Dieter Schubert [* 1929, † 2008], M. Stade) wrote an open letter to E. Honecker in which they expressed their concern…

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The Literature of the German Democratic Republic Part I

The Literature of the German Democratic Republic Part I

1945–1976: From early on, cultural policy was dominated by the ideological and educational mandate of the SED, which also shaped the confrontation with National Socialism. The works of communist literature created before 1945 set standards, v. a. but the works by left-wing writers that were created in exile and have now been published in the GDR: works by Anna Seghers, A. Zweig, L. Renn, G. Weisenborn, F. Wolf, S. Heym, J. R. Becher, H. Mann among others The majority of these authors took up residence in the Soviet occupation…

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Classic Music in Germany

Classic Music in Germany

Around 1725, a radical change emerged in European music, which composers in Germany only understood, hardly helped to shape. In the face of a new, bourgeois public, musical creation stepped out of its functional ties: comprehensibility through orientation to song and dance, sensuality through melodic beauty, imaginative expressivity and compositional originality became hallmarks of the pre-classical period, which became a specifically German one through the melting of Italian and French influences Embossed received. Representative here are the works of Bach’s…

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STUTTGART ATTRACTIONS

STUTTGART ATTRACTIONS

An evening in Stuttgart is quickly spent exploring local wines. Mersu is number one in Stuttgart Impressive of both its architecture and exhibition, the Mercedes-Benz Museum is the city’s number one attraction. Especially in the dark, the museum’s futuristic look stands out from afar. This destination should not be missed, even if you are no longer a car person or even interested in technology. In an interesting and illustrative way, the museum presents not only the history of the automotive…

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