Fanny Mendelssohn the Composer, Pianist, Conductor and
Organizer of the Sunday Concerts at Leipziger Straße 3 in Berlin

How I met Fanny Mendelssohn


This is the extraordinary story of a woman composer of the 19th century – the German Romantic period – Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel (1805-1847). She is in the news right now around the world and celebrated like a super star. “She even has 5 Twitter accounts,” Sheila Hayman, Fanny Mendelssohn’s great-great-great granddaughter tells us, as she reveals the secret of her great-great-great-grandmother’s long lost Easter Sonata, the Ostersonate. Fanny Mendelssohn may be long dead, but she’s finally in the spotlight. It is up to all of us to keep her there and increase her fame!

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A study of the 40 years of the Cold War

The Wende Museum and Archive of the Cold War celebrated its 10th Anniversary in 2012.


How a museum comes into being.
I met Justinian Jampol, the founder and president of The Wende Museum and Archive of the Cold War, for the first time in the summer of 2003 on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles. That was one year after the museum was established. I had just returned from another extended trip to Europe and was pleasantly surprised to meet a young American who displayed such a keen interest in the history of the GDR and Eastern Europe. We were immediately engaged in an animated discussion about the two German states. From 1972 – 1989 I had been traveling every summer in a rented car through East Germany, Czechoslovakia and Poland in order to help and support politically persecuted families, and continued my travels to the former East Bloc after the unification of Germany and Europe.

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