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    • christoph
    • 06.04.13 | 13:16 (IDT)

    In his "Germany - a winter's tale", Heine dedicates some attention to Cologne, extract: And here, the nuns and monks once danced The cancan of the Middle-Ages, Here, Hochstraaten, the Menzel of Cologne Wrote his poisonous, denunciatory pages. Here men and books were burnt at the stake And, by its flames were swallowed, Meanwhile the bells merrily rang And a “ Kyrie Eleison “followed. Cologne is the most vibrant place in Northrhine-Westfalia, where the liveliness of a big city meets both the more and the less charming signs of age. But whenever I spend some time there, I realize that I don't feel really good there. Cologne is a bit like Paris with a portion of German coarseness.

    from the article: Archeological dig in Cologne unearths ancient Jewish history - and exposes layers of prejudice
    First published 09:45 06.04.13 | Last updated 09:45 06.04.13
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