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This picture of Berlin’s Nollendorfplatz was taken in 1926. The overhead railway had been completed in 1904, and the square resembled a small park prior to the arrival of the electric trams in the boom of post-WW1 Berlin. The building … Continue reading

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Joseph Schmidt

Tenor and actor Joseph Schmidt was born in March 1904 in the Austro-Hungarian village of Davideny, which became part of Romania after WW1 and is now in Ukraine.   His mother encouraged him into a career in music despite objections … Continue reading

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Britain’s Best season at Bar Jeder Vernunft

Driven by Instinct – An Evening with Dillie Keane. 28th to 30th September  If you have ever had the pleasure of seeing one of Britain’s top cabaret trios Fascinating Aida since their debut in 1983,  then you will need no … Continue reading

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Kakadu Bar and Barbarina Cabaret

Kakadu Bar & Barbarina-Cabaret 1920-1936 On completion in the late 1800s, the area around Joachimstaler Platz on the corner of the Ku’damm resembled an open-air arena with tiered bleacher-style seating for 10,000 spectators. In July 1890 it played host to … Continue reading

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Briefs – Excentric Body-Circus at The Tipi

  If Chancellor Merkel was working late in her office on Thursday night, then she may have wondered about the noise coming from the Tipi am Kanzleramt, but a packed house had just seen a spectacular show from Australian burlesque … Continue reading

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