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Hope Among “The World’s Greatest Heap Of Debris”

Highwire Over Cologne 1946

World War II ravaged Cologne, Germany, destroying infrastructure, dozens of landmarks and–perhaps the hardest to rebuild–a sense of cultural substance.

After the war, sights like the one above–a woman walking a high-wire–were not uncommon, and were meant to offer those living within Cologne a brief reprieve from their quite literally ruined reality.

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What We Love This Week, Volume CXVIII

Rocket Festival Light

Source: The Atlantic

Inside The Vrontados Rocket War

Rocket Festival Field

Source: The Atlantic

What’s religion without a little ritualistic conflict? Taking place in Vrontados, Greece over the past 125 years, two Greek Orthodox Churches have engaged in what is known as Rouketopolemos, or a “rocket war”. The rival churches celebrate by firing thousands of homemade rockets toward one another while holding church services across town. The goal, apparently, is to strike the bell of the opposing church. And remember, this is supposed to be “fun”. Check out more photos at The Atlantic.

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Vintage Photos Reveal Life Inside Ravensbrück, A Women’s Concentration Camp

Women's concentration camp victims, rescued.

Rescued women

In 1938, Heinrich Himmler ordered the construction of Ravensbrück, a concentration camp exclusively for women. Around an hour north of Berlin, Ravensbrück also served as a training camp for female Nazi overseers, many of whom would go on to be chief wardresses at other concentration camps. From 1939 to 1945, over 100,000 women from 20 European countries had died at Ravensbrück, with the largest portion of inmates hailing from Poland. By the time of their liberation, only 15,000 prisoners were still alive.

Conditions at Ravensbrück were initially acceptable, with some expressing wonder at the manicured lawns, peacock-filled birdhouses and flower beds that adorned the great square. Soon enough, disease and famine struck, and SS guards began to conduct medical experiments on inmates, where they would cut into and infect bones, muscles and nerves and introduce wood or glass into them. Others were sterilized.

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Why You Need To Celebrate Christmas In Nuremberg

Christmas In Nuremberg City

Source: Trivago

What epic holiday celebration brings together good food, lavish decorations, handmade arts and crafts, and a female angel called Christ-child? The Christmas Market, that’s what. The tradition is an old one that dates back to the 15th century in the German-speaking parts of Europe, and one of the most extravagant iterations takes place in Nuremberg.

Christmas In Nuremberg Snow

Source: Pixa Bay

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