In 1935, S.S. head Heinrich Himmler established the Lebensborn Foundation, with a goal of preserving and protecting “pure German blood”, where blond-haired, blue-eyed Aryan women were mated with S.S. soldiers or men of documented “racial purity”. Lebensborn homes were also set up in most occupied countries, particularly Norway, and Aryan-looking children were kidnapped from occupied […]
Still called the Heretic King by Egyptian historians, Akhenaten ruled from 1377 to 1360 B.C. Controversial then as now, he abolished the old religion, replacing it with a one-god worship, and built an entire city dedicated to Aten–a Sun God. But after his death, his successor Tutankhamun returned Egypt to its traditional values.
Of all of Egypt’s pharaohs, Tutankhamun remains the most famous and enigmatic. Despite amazing discoveries made when his tomb was unearthed, little historical information exists on him–and much of that is shrouded in debate. What really killed the boy king? Did the “curse of King Tut” kill three of his tomb’s discoverers?
The tree houses in Hambach Forest have long symbolized resistance to open-pit lignite mining. Now the authorities are having them removed. German energy giant RWE wants to clear-cut large parts of the forest this autumn to expand its lignite mine. Dozens of activists have been living in tree houses in Hambach Forest in an attempt […]
6.5 / 10 ( 2 votes ) The train line through Ecuador is considered one of the most spectacular train lines in South America. A train journey of discovery. The Trans-Andean railroad takes in the infamous Nariz del Diablo, or Devil’s Nose, a mountain with almost perpendicular walls. To overcome this obstacle, the train zigzags […]
The UN accuses China of detaining a million Uighurs, Kazakhs and people from other Muslim minorities in the region of Xinjiang. Most have not been accused of anything let alone sentenced. The international NGO Human Rights Watch accuses China of violating human rights in re-education centers where people are forced to learn Mandarin and sing […]
Jaime Beck teaches German to refugees – even though his own German isn’t perfect. Why are his classes always full? His students say it’s because when he talks it sounds like a song and because Jaime teaches them so much more than just the language. For anyone learning a new language, it’s easy to get […]
One hundred and fifty years ago in rural France, a girl collecting wood in a cave saw a vision of the Virgin Mary. From then on Lourdes, last chance saloon to the faithful and Catholic Disneyland to others, has boomed. Peadar Clarke was immobile due to Multiple Sclerosis and given four years to live when, […]