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Life In Berlin: The Face Of Beer

Jul 29, 2016
Hana and Hugh Eckermann.

Hana and Hugh Eckermann recently visited IPA Bar in Berlin Neukölln to check out a show, ‘The Face of Beer,’ where a photographer is using beer in a very unique way.

"They did not exactly know what awaits them, but meanwhile they decided to do what they do best: Song, dance, humor. And it turned out to be this all gave so much strength and survival will to their fellow inmates,” says Russian Jewish composer Sergei Dreznin about Theresienstadt.  This former ghetto, 30 miles north of Prague, was considered a “model” camp during World War II, where Nazis imprisoned some of the most talented Jewish artists.

Mujahid Kazmi

“The most important thing I have to say, in our culture, you must follow your elder, mostly your parents,” says Mujahid Kazmi who left his home in Parachinar, Pakistan near the Afghan border when he was sixteen and arrived in Berlin in the summer of 2015. “After five-year war in the city, the two Shia and Sunni and then Taliban get a part, and then the war become bigger in this.”

Life In Berlin: Mom, Dad, I'm Asexual

Jul 22, 2016
Reem Payumo

Berlin is a city where all forms of sexual expression are well represented, that much is obvious. But what is perhaps less known is that the city is also a haven for people who don’t want to have any sex, at all. 

Alex Wong / Getty Images

“I would not vote for Donald Trump, and furthermore, I am not worried about him actually being elected President of the United States,” says Cieran Rockwell, an American expat and former politics student who lives in Berlin, where he owns a small specialty food business with his partner.