Author Archive | lois pierris

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The Old GDR Today

Soon after I arrived in Berlin, my German friend suggested I go with her to Frankfurt Oder, a town about an hour north of Berlin, once part of the GDR. While she met with union members at the local hospital, I could wander around, exploring and even walk across the border on the bridge to […]

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City of Life: Berlin

The first time I was in Berlin was in 1962, the wall had gone up in 1961, and I wanted to go into East Berlin. I was traveling with 3 other girls from Brooklyn and convinced them that it would be a great adventure. So we changed our marks on the black market for East […]

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Amsterdam revisited

Hoards of young guys and girls, wearing team shirts, began singing and shouting as they marched through the streets of Amsterdam, preparing for the soccer game that evening between their team, AJAX, and Manchester United.(AJAX lost but the Dutch still celebrated). The trams stopped running due to the chaos in the streets; the bars were […]

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week 4: The Monotony of Poverty

To all of my readers. there are moments here when I know it was helpful for me to come here this year.. but it has been the most difficult for me..My neighbours living in that one tiny room have screaming babies, coughing toddlers with runny noses that they wipe with the kids’s clothing and less […]

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