NOVELIST GARY HAYNES

Gary Haynes writes terrific thrillers — his past novels include STATE OF HONOUR and STATE OF ATTACK. His upcoming novella is set in part in Berlin during the final days of World War II. I caught up with Gary for this interview. I understand that your next thriller is set partially in Berlin in the final days…

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Yale Professor Jason Stanley

My cousin Jason Stanley — who often writes for The New York Times — is the Jacob Urowsky Professor of Philosophy at Yale University. My father Gerhard Intrator had a brother, Alexander, whose son Manfred was Jason’s father. As Jason and I have shared family roots in Berlin, I recently asked him several questions about that city.…

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BERLIN SCHOLAR Dr. BENEDIKT GOEBEL

Have a question about Berlin history? Dr. Benedikt Goebel knows it backwards and forwards. Unflinching about documenting the Nazi-era history of his city, this outstanding scholar worked on the bedrock scholarship on view at the STOLEN HEART exhibit in New York City. This photo shows Benedikt with a bronze bell made in 1646 for the Lützower…

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Luisa Weiss: The Toast of Berlin

Luisa Weiss is the culinary force behind THE WEDNESDAY CHEF. For that blog, she tests recipes from newspapers’ food sections, often published on Wednesdays. Her delightful cuisine-centric memoir MY BERLIN KITCHEN has received rave reviews. Amanda Hesser, cofounder of Food52 and author of THE ESSENTIAL NEW YORK TIMES COOKBOOK , says: “Luisa Weiss writes with grace and ease…

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FILM DIRECTOR’S CORNER: Germans & Jews

(Tai Recanati, photo from Facebook) Tai Recanati is Executive Producer of a new film directed by Janina Quint, GERMANS & JEWS. The documentary explores the often fraught relationships between Germans and Jews in the post-Holocaust era. You may view the GERMANS & JEWS trailer here. Below in this blog post, Tai Recanati and Janina Quint jointly answer…

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Best-Selling Novelist Joseph Kanon

  Neil Gordon, writing for The New York Times, called Joseph Kanon’s novel THE GOOD GERMAN “thoroughly captivating.” And Tim Nolan, reviewing Kanon’s novel LEAVING BERLIN in the Wall Street Journal, wrote “Mr. Kanon, author now of seven top-notch novels of period political intrigue, conveys the bleak, oppressive, and creepy atmosphere of occupied Berlin in…

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Tim Raue — Star Chef in Berlin

The Michelin-starred, entrepreneurial chef Tim Raue offers diners in Berlin die Qual der Wahl — an embarrassment of culinary riches. His flagship establishment — Tim Raue at 26 Rudi-Dutschke-Strasse — features Raue’s uniquely-developed Asian-fusion cuisine, in which elements of Japanese, Chinese and Thai traditions are inflected with a lovely European accent. Sra Bua — the…

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Olaf Hajek, Berlin-based artist

Renowned artist and illustrator Olaf Hajek maintains his studio in Berlin’s center-most district, Mitte. You might have seen his work in The New York Times Book Review. Recently, I caught up with Hajek for this interview. 1) You’ve done some delightful work for the Autorenbuchhandlung Berlin. Please tell us about the Autorenbuchhandlung. “The Autorenbuchhandlung is a bookstore…

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Caroline Leavitt on Berlin

WELCOME TO MY BLOG, JOANNE INTRATOR’S NEW YORK-BERLIN BRIDGE Today, May 5, 2016, I interview the delightful Caroline Leavitt, New York Times Bestselling author of Is This Tomorrow, Pictures of You and eight other novels. Her upcoming book, Cruel Beautiful World, set in the late 1960s and early ‘70s, can already be pre-ordered; it will be published by Algonquin…

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