So I have this friend and we get into a conversation every so often but this time, it was more intense than ever before. He opened up completely because he said “I’ve come to a point where I need to go to a level I had never gone before and it requires me to own my story, accepting who I am and stepping into who I can become.” It made quite a tale and because I believe there are people who need to read this I’m sharing it with the world. For the flow of reading, let’s name him Steve. He looks like a Steve. Continue reading “Asking for a friend”
I still remember that pond. I remember taking a picture of it. And I remember being told a moment before that they dropped the ashes in ponds like this, in the land around Oświęcim. It was a quiet and sunny August morning six years ago in Auschwitz-Birkenau. I was with a group of young Germans, high schoolers and university students, accompanied by a Belarusian woman who had survived the death camp as a child, and staff of a German memorial site. The day before, we had been to what is called the “Stammlager”, or Auschwitz I, the first camp to be built there in May 1940. It was smaller, and crowded. We passed through the infamous gate with the “Arbeit macht Frei” slogan. The grounds were filled with travel groups, and it felt more like a tourist attraction than a place to commemorate. The people didn’t help: you can take pictures almost anywhere in Auschwitz – except in the reconstructed gas chamber, in front of which a sign asks not to take photos out of respect for the many who died in those rooms. It didn’t stop flashes from clicking when we walked through. Of course, there are nevertheless images I can’t forget from that day. In the Israeli exhibition, the large Book of Names suspended from the ceiling, containing 4.2 million names. The piles of suitcases the people had written their names on, expecting to get them back. Spotting a familiar address – the street my elementary school was on, back in Hamburg. Other piles: glasses, spoons, shoes, finally: hair.
Continue reading “Forgetting Auschwitz”
Archaeology concerns itself with researching human remains and everything else humans have left behind at any point in time anywhere in the world. The goal is to illuminate the environment of past cultures and to investigate aspects of their society. As a cultural science it makes use of natural sciences, with which it is possible to determine definite results and complement the cultural research.
Continue reading “What do archaeologists actually do?”
We are all in search of a secure future and a stable financial situation. Young parents wish they could spend more time with their kids, others with families. Some would like to invest more time into pursuing hobbies or other things that actually matter in life. Continue reading “The one about the Swiss cows”
There would be no New Year without people making resolutions to lose weight or change their life around one way or another. You probably wouldn’t be surprised to hear that around 8% of the people who make those resolutions actually stick to them and follow through. Why on Earth? Well, that’s simple. Again, like most of the articles I write, this one will most likely present little or no new information because we all know this. But as we’ve… I’ve talked about, there’s a vast canyon between knowing and doing. Continue reading “The cliche New Year article”