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Fear of women (Issue IV/2022)

Finally, no longer stateless

By Mohammad El-Hassan

Civil war, nightly air raids and a lack of water: there was no future for Mohammad El-Hassan in Lebanon. That’s why he fled to Berlin in 2003. Today he works as a cook in Prenzlauer Berg.

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Black and white thinking (Issue II/2022)

Fighting for every free word

by Irina Shcherbakova

Irina Shcherbakova was born in Moscow in 1949 and is a well-known historian and expert in German studies. Since the 1970s, she has been working to come to terms with the impact of the Stalin era on Russia. She is one of the founders of the now-outlawed NGO, Memorial.

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Under the Earth (Issue I/2022)

Archivist in the Gulf

by Frauke Heard-Bey

Historian Frauke Heard-Bey moved from Berlin to Abu Dhabi in 1967 for love. More than fifty years later, she calls the Emirates her home - and has helped build up an entire national archive.

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Make it yourself (Issue IV/2021)

Hamlet, Hackman and homeland

by Welket Bungué

Welket Bungué, born in Xitole in the south of Guinea-Bissau in 1988, is an actor and filmmaker. After living and working in Portugal and Brazil, he now lives in Berlin. 

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The new Poland (Issue III/2021)

Coming up for air after the war

by Bjeen Alhassan

Bjeen Alhassan, born in Qamishli, Syria, now lives in Germany. In her Facebook group “Learning with Bijin” she helps refugee women, earning her the German Integration Award. 

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The hunters and the hunted (Issue II/2021)

In a strong voice

By Auma Obama

Auma Obama is a German scholar, sociologist, author - and Barack Obama's sister. She doesn't like to discuss her famous brother, preferring to talk about her life and her work between Germany and Kenya.

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Taboo (Issue I/2021)

Craft in the Museum

by Léontine Meijer-van Mensch

Since 2019 Léontine Meijer-van Mensch, from the Netherlands, directs the state ethnographic collections in Saxony and the ethnology museums in Leipzig, Dresden and Herrnhut.

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The better America (Issue IV/2020)

Comrade Birnberg and the arts

by Liane Birnberg

The painter and musician Liane Birnberg tells about her life.

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The better America (Issue IV/2020)

Comrade Birnberg and the arts

by Liane Birnberg

The painter and musician Liane Birnberg tells about her life.

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The better America (Issue IV/2020)

Comrade Birnberg and the arts

by Liane Birnberg

The painter and musician Liane Birnberg tells about her life.

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The better America (Issue IV/2020)

Comrade Birnberg and the arts

by Liane Birnberg

The painter and musician Liane Birnberg tells about her life.

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Talking about a revolution (Issue II/2020)

The loneliness of Berlin

by Shaheen Dill-Riaz

The film maker from Bangladesh tells of his life.

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Finally! (Issue I/2020)

“My youth lay in ruins”

by Diana Berg

The Ukrainian cultural activist Diana Berg talks about her life and how protesting pro-Russian forces marked a turning point in her biography.

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Nonstop (Issue III/2019)

The king of Klezmer

by Giora Feidman

The Argentine-born Israeli clarinetist tells of his life. 

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Guilt (Issue II/2019)

Borges in place of Tucholsky

by Jeanine Meerapfel

The director, film lecturer and president of Akademie der Künste, Berlin, tells of her life. 

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Above (Issue I/2019)

Paradise lost

by Sonny Thet

I grew up as though I was an extra in the film, Anna and the King of Siam: Among royalty in Phnom Penh in the 1950s and ‘60s. My father led the orchestra there. Since my birth, I had travelled with him because he wanted me to become a musician. If he didn’t take me, and I was forced to stay behind with my mother, I would dig a hole, get into it and cry for my father as though my life depended on it. 

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Poorest nation, richest nation (Issue III+IV/2018)

A poet and a cosmopolitan

by Jonas Mekas

As a child I lay in the fields in my small Lithuanian village and dreamed of somewhere else. Ninety years later I am sitting in Brooklyn and asking myself: Why am I no longer there, in the fields of my childhood?

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Heroes (Issue II/2018)

Boundlessly broadcasting

by Emil Bergmann

The Bulgarian Software ingenieur - and amateur radio lover - tells of his life

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Earth, how are you doing? (Issue I/2018)

Fingerbillard in East Berlin

by Arif Naqvi

The Indian writer and poet tells of his life. 

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Une Grande Nation (Issue IV/2017)

First aid

by Pietro Bartolo

The Italian doctor and politician, who coordinates first aid to migrants who land in Lampedusa, talks about his life. 

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