“I wanted to leave the problem behind” – Contemporary witness Christoph Becke about escaping the former GDR

For him it was the start of a new life. Leaving behind the state he could not live in anymore. For the German Democratic Republic (GDR) it was a way of earning money from West Germany. In July 1979 Christoph Becke was ransomed by West Germany after being imprisoned in East Berlin for a year. A look back: One year earlier Becke decided to flee … Continue reading “I wanted to leave the problem behind” – Contemporary witness Christoph Becke about escaping the former GDR

PHOTO-REPORT: A rescue team of THW working with dogs to find missing people

Clooney is ready for work. It’s a late morning at a Cologne demolition site. The equipment is out of duty today, but a few dogs and their owners are on location. Four and a half year old Clooney is a retriever trained to find missed or trapped people. Here in Cologne, Clooney and owner Marcus Gareis are in practice for an emergency – with a … Continue reading PHOTO-REPORT: A rescue team of THW working with dogs to find missing people

HOW TO LEARN GERMAN? – Liverpudlian students visit an international class at a Cologne grammar school

It’s even a little more international as usual in teacher Mathias Fehn’s class this morning at a Cologne grammar school. Among his students, all refugees or young people coming from foreign countries like Syria, Greece, Italy, Iraq and Spain, are five students from Liverpool University – all of the them future teachers.

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