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After Arctic Austerity, Khodorkovsky Savors Berlin Luxury

BERLIN The new films from Berlin Golden Bear winner Claudia Llosa, French director Alain Resnais, German helmer Dominik Graf, Greece's Yannis Economides and Britain's Yann Demange have joined George Clooney's Monuments Men and The Grand Budapest Hotel from Wes Anderson in the official selection of the 64th Berlin International Film Festival, running Feb. 6-16, 2014. our editor recommends PHOTOS:Wes Anderson's 'Grand Budapest Hotel': Meet Its 16 Characters Llosa's Aloft, her English-language debut, will have its world premiere in Berlin. The drama united states stars Jennifer Connelly, Cillian Murphy and Melanie Laurent. The Peruvian-born Llosa won the Golden Bear with her second feature, The Milk of Sorrow, in 2009. Renais' Life of Riley, Demange's '71, Stratos from Economides and Graf's Die Geliebten Schwestern will all be Berlinale world premieres. Also making its world premiere in Berlin will be A Long Way Down, Pascal Chaumeil's ensemble drama featuring Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Aaron Paul and Imogen Poots, which will receive a special, out of competition screening.
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How Jews Took Over Berlin in 2013

Some still are surprised to learn that Bing Crosby's recording of the Irving Berlin ballad (turned into) the runaway smash hit for the World War II holidays." Berlin's Keys One of America's foremost composers. Overcame: Poverty and a lack of formal education. Lesson: Have faith in your ability and work hard. "The songwriter must look upon his work as a business; that is, to make a success of it, he must work and work, and then work." Catherine Moore, director of the music business program at New York University, told IBD: "Irving Berlin was a Jewish Horatio Alger. His music, most particularly 'White Christmas,' offered the nation a collective comfort and optimism just when it needed it most." The saga of Berlin's journey began near the Siberian border in the Russian village of Tyumen when the boy named Israel was born to Moses Baline, a cantor, and his wife, Leah. The czar's persecution of the Jews in 1893 convinced Moses that his family of eight children had no future in Russia.
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Berlin worked 'behind scenes' for Khodorkovsky release: Merkel

For the last two and a half years, Khodorkovsky shared a filthy barrack-like room there with more than 20 other inmates, his mother Marina Khodorkovskaya once told Reuters. She said she was only allowed to see her son every two months. "I could talk to him for four hours by phone through a window glass," she said. Her side of the partition had only two chairs, nailed to the floor, and one receiver, so she had to take turns with her husband while talking to Mikhail. Khodorkovskaya said that when Mikhail's wife returned from visits to the prison the first thing she would do was take a shower.
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Berlin Film Fest Unveils Competition Titles

Berlin (AFP) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel hailed Friday a http://journals.fotki.com/dontexzzo/my-blog/entry/wgswtrdrqskgq/ role played "behind the scenes" by visit the site former German foreign minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher in helping to secure the release of Kremlin critic and Russian ex-oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky. "The German government appreciates the efforts of former federal minister Genscher who worked intensively on the case behind the scenes," Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a statement. "He worked successfully on possibilities for a solution with a great level of commitment and the support of the chancellor and the foreign ministry." Genscher, 86, said in a statement he had decided to support Khodorkovskys case "for humanitarian reasons", having met him several times in the past. Genscher, who served as Germany's top diplomat from 1974 to 1992, said he welcomed the pardon by Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom he said he had met twice to discuss the Khodorkovsky case, saying in a statement that the decision was "significant and encouraging for other cases". He also thanked Merkel, a fellow German former foreign minister and the German ambassador in Moscow for lending "the greatest possible support" to his efforts. Genscher, who arranged the flight on a private jet from Russia and picked Khodorkovsky up at the airport in Berlin, http://rodgeramuv.u.yuku.com/bloggy/post/pid/39016 told news website Spiegel Online that Khodorkovsky was doing well under the circumstances. "He is exhausted but very happy to finally be free," he said by telephone, adding that Khodorkovsky now wanted to rest and would stay out of the public eye.
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Irving Berlin's 'White Christmas' Still A Smash

23, 2003, was hardly the first time the fans of F.C. Union Berlin (nickname the Iron) gathered to sing. As is the case with most European soccer clubs, their fans start singing before each game begins and finish shortly after the final whistle. Union fans, though, have a reputation around Germany for how their songs arent necessarily about soccer. Between the clubs official beginning in 1966 on the east side of Berlin and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1990, its fans were known to sing about free speech, democracy and their dreams of a united Germany. Club officials insist there was never anything too overtly anti-communist state.
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From sorrow to song in a Berlin stadium, a set piece on soccer solidarity

The yearlong project featured exhibitions, readings, guided tours and other initiatives aimed at commemorating and rediscovering the cultural and political diversity of Berlin that was rapidly and brutally destroyed after January 30, 1933. Several sites that played an important role during the Nazi reign, such as a school for Gestapo and SS officials in Berlins Charlottenburg neighborhood, received their first commemorative plaques this year. Other initiatives included the cleaning of the 5,000 Stolpersteine, small golden stones on the sidewalks with the names of murdered former inhabitants, and a presentation of student videos about diversity, projected onto the Brandenburg Gate on November 10 almost exactly 75 years after Kristallnacht on November 9, 1938. But the most moving moments of the initiative were found on the streets: Eleven locations across the city featured steles with over 200 portrait posters that displayed photographs and biographies of artists, scientists, writers, politicians and other people who were persecuted by the Nazis. They included Albert Einstein and Hannah Arendt, both of whom emigrated to the United States, as well as people of local influence, including Kurt Singer, the leader of the Nazi-sanctioned Jewish Cultural League, who perished in Theresienstadt in 1944. Not all of them were Jewish, and not all of them were deported or forced to flee the country.
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Thieves Hit Berlin Apple Shop After Crashing In With Stolen Car

On Dec. 9, thieves drove into Berlins Alexa shopping mall and took about 100,000 euros ($137,000) of electronics. Apples only Berlin store, located on the citys longest shopping avenue, Kurfuerstendamm, opened in May after more than two years of planning. No one at Apple was immediately available to comment. Shops in Berlin have taken extra precautions to secure their merchandise since the break-ins began, Neuendorf said. Apple managers had locked away their inventory overnight, which means the thieves were only able to take 20 display pieces, he said. To contact the reporter on this story: Dalia Fahmy in Berlin at dfahmy1@bloomberg.net To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew Blackman at ablackman@bloomberg.net Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg Apples only Berlin store, located on the citys longest shopping avenue,...
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