Berlin nazi march stopped


This music video from a British punk rock band says about itself:

Angelic Upstarts (UK) performing “Anti Nazi” (live at Punk & Disorderly Festival in Berlin, Astra Kulturhaus 11.04.2014).

The lyrics of this song are here.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Berliners stop neo-Nazi march

Saturday 26 May 2014, 17:02 (Update: 26-04-14, 17:21)

In Berlin, thousands of people have prevented a march of neo-Nazis in the Kreuzberg district.

A district where many immigrant workers live.

They closed the quarter hermetically, and the approximately one hundred members of the right-wing extremist NPD party had to turn back.

At least 2000 mostly young protesters blocked the entrance to Kreuzberg with a sit-in. The organization, “Berlin nazi free“, also wants to stop a planned neo-Nazi march on May 1 this way.

See also here. And here.

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Brachiosaurus and other natural history treasures in Berlin


This is a video about Brachiosaurus.

Another video, and text, about Brachiosaurus is here.

From British daily The Independent:

Giant dinosaur stars in rescued Berlin museum

By Tony Paterson in Berlin

Published: 14 July 2007

Jurassic Park came to Berlin for real yesterday. The world’s biggest dinosaur skeleton returned to the city’s natural history museum to mark the first stage of a €128m (£87m) renovation project for the war-damaged building.

Rising 43ft from the floor of the 19th-century building and almost touching the glass cupola of its main hall, the awe-inspiring 150-million-year-old skeleton of the Brachiosaurus was the star of the evolution show.

The natural history museum was ravaged by bombs during the Second World War, and had been in serious decay. Until now.

The Brachiosaurus was unearthed by German archaeologists in east Africa before the Great War and is the tallest dinosaur in any museum. It has gone on display in Berlin with the skeleton of a 150-million-year-old Archaeopteryx and five other dinosaurs’ remains that make up one of the worlds’ most significant fossil collections.

The Brachiosaurus, whose femur alone weighs 300kg, first went on display in 1937. But now it is being shown for the first time in what, according to latest research, is its authentic posture: instead of squatting on bent legs, the skeleton now stands erect with a grossly elongated neck. …

The Berlin museum’s collection of birds alone contains 130,000 specimens including 50 now mainly extinct examples collected in Hawaii during Captain Cook’s third Pacific voyage. It also houses the world’s largest collection of beetles, a million mammals and 14,000 fish.

Dinosaur eggs in India: here.

Berlin Mozart opera purists vs. director. Severed heads missing


Mozart's IdomeneoAFP reports:

Berlin opera’s heads of Mohammed, Jesus go missing

December 8, 2006

BERLIN — Severed heads of the Prophet Mohammed, Buddha, Jesus, and Poseidon that were to have been used in a hotly disputed staging of a Mozart opera in Berlin this month have vanished, the opera house said Friday.

“It seems the four heads are gone,” Deutsche Oper spokesman Alexander Busche said. “We do not know when they disappeared or who is responsible.”

He said that new props would have to be made before a scheduled performance of Idomeneo December 18.

Director Hans Neuenfels‘ staging features a bloody climax in which King Idomeneo places the severed heads of Poseidon, Jesus, Buddha, and Mohammed on four chairs.

The production angered some members of the audience when it premiered in December 2003.

In September the opera was removed from the autumn schedule for fear of violent protests by Muslims over the desecration of the image of Mohammed in light of the uproar earlier this year over caricatures of the Prophet printed in European newspapers.

The decision sparked a heated debate in Germany in which the general manager of the opera house, Kirsten Harms, was widely accused of kowtowing before extremists and censoring artistic expression.

She argued that Berlin authorities had warned her of a potential security risk by putting on the controversial staging.

Last month Neuenfels said that he had received threatening letters demanding that he modify the final scene of the opera.

He noted that the missives were not driven by political or religious concerns but rather came from “opera purists” who disliked the radical overhaul of Idomeneo.

So, all over the world, this issue was exploited by paranoiacs (including Tony Blair) who are hallicunating about ‘evil’ Muslims supposedly under every bed.

It was already clear that this was not about Muslims themselves, but about German authorities’ perceptions of Muslims.

Now, it turns out that the threatening letters were by “opera purists”, not Muslims.

Though one should oppose this kind of letters, whoever writes them, “opera purists” seem to have a sort of point here.

The opera Idomeneo is about Idomeneus, king in Crete who supposedly lived about 1200 BCA.

Of the four “severed heads”, only one was ‘alive’ then: Poseidon … well, at least ancient Greek believers thought he was the god of the sea; and poets mentioned him with Idomeneus.

In spite of all controversies on the biographies of Mohammed, Buddha, and Jesus, no one, also certainly not Mozart, claims they were alive that long ago.

Associated Press reports:

He [the opera spokesman, Busche] said the costume director recalled seeing them [the heads] recently and that they had probably been misplaced somewhere in the opera’s sprawling storerooms and workshops.

He said he doubted they were stolen.

Big Mozart Internet site: here.

History of string instruments: here.

Another case in Germany of supposed Muslim reactions to art, sculpture in this case, as perceived by non Muslims, rather than from Muslims themselves: here.

Mozart’s Don Giovanni: here.

Small “epidemic” may have killed Mozart: here.

“Virtuosic.” “A prodigy.” “Genius.” These words were written in the 1760s about Mozart—Maria Anna Mozart. When she toured Europe as a pianist, young Maria Anna wowed audiences in Munich, Vienna, Paris, London, the Hague, Germany and Switzerland. “My little girl plays the most difficult works which we have … with incredible precision and so excellently,” her father, Leopold, wrote in a letter in 1764. “What it all amounts to is this, that my little girl, although she is only 12 years old, is one of the most skillful players in Europe”: here.

Lock of Mozart’s hair set to fetch £12,000 at auction. Keepsake stored in a gold locket is among Mozart and Beethoven memorabilia to be sold by Sotheby’s this week: here.