Monthly Archives: June 2021
Summer 2021 in Berlin & all over the place inclusive. the US with Carl Nassib
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Summer Berlinale 2021
Berlin is in summer motion among squealing S-trains, yet rewarding film moments at the Museum island, see https://www.rbb24.de/kultur/berlinale/beitraege/2021/berlinale-summer-special-museumsinsel-aufbau-berlin.html
Walking along the newly opened entrance to the Humboldt Forum, the James Simon Gallery is a must-see, as the entrance next to the New Museum and the entire landscape of museums between Pergamon, Bode and the old national gallery is in his name, see https://www.museumsinsel-berlin.de/masterplan/projektion-zukunft/
James Simon, a philanthropist who died poor (1851 – 1932), was a German of Jewish descent whose father moved to Berlin from Pommern to run his trade as tailor and cotton king during the late 19th century. The young James equally learned his textile trade and quickly became No. 07 on the rank of Prussian millionaires and so-called “Kaiserjuden” of the time. Burried at the jewish cemetery at Berlin’s Schönhauser Allee, Simon belonged to the inner few at Emperor Wilhelm II. whose liberal views to fight antisemitism made him defend the Weimar Republic. It was James Simon, under the German Emperor’s protectorate, who was crucial in setting up the ‘Deutsche Orient-Gesellschaft’ and kept the colored bust of Nofretete at his private desk.