Mountaineering is a dangerous pastime, make no mistake about it.
Last weekend I suffered a fall in the Dolomites in South Tyrol and badly injured my left arm (and literally spilled my blood at the mountain), yet training and a fair share of luck saved me from far worse injuries.
So now is as good a time as any to give some information and guidance as to hazard … read more
As my grandmother fled 1945 from the advancing Red Army to Bavaria with her little baby girl (my aunt) in her arms, she had to go westwards across the territory of the then so-called “Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia“, an endeavor that was unimaginably dangerous in a war-devastated Central Europe.
It was the most straightforward route from the home-town of my grandmother’s family Breslau (today Wrocław) in … read more
As a person born in the late 1970s I am old enough to remember the existence of two German states and the Iron Curtain that ran between the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic until 1989, as peaceful revolutions overthrew the economically and morally bankrupt communist systems throughout Eastern Europe.
My grandparents and many of my relatives lived (and still live) in the Oberpfalz (Upper … read more