Category Archives: History

April 24th 1970

“Then I had lunch with Jean Ross and her daughter Sarah, and three of their friends at a little restaurant in Chancery Lane. Jean looks old but still rather beautiful and she is very lively and active and mentally on … Continue reading

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Marlene Dietrich’s Berlin

  One of Berlin’s most notable addresses is a modest apartment block halfway down an unassuming side street, just to the west of Julius-Leber-Brücke S-Bahn station in Schöneberg. The 20th century was just two years old when Maria Magdalene Dietrich … Continue reading

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Strandbad Wannsee

  “Otto was the coming of warmth and color to the drab cold city, bringing the linden trees into leaf, sweating the citizens out of their topcoats, making the bands play outdoors. Christopher rode on the bus with him to … Continue reading

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Siegfried Arno – ‘The German Charlie Chaplin’

The extraordinary career of Hollywood star Sig Arno is mostly remembered through the 150 films he appeared in from 1921 to 1962, but his roots in the cabaret scene of Weimar Berlin is a lesser told story. Born Siegfried Aron … Continue reading

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Hans Otto

Hans Otto was born in Dresden on August 10th, 1900 and attended school with the  author Erich Kästner.  He made his stage debut at the Künstlertheater in Frankfurt am Main in 1921 and, in October 1922, married the actress Mie … Continue reading

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