Friday, 16 April 2010

Quiet death of a Nazi: the last interview with Martin Sandberger

Quiet death of a Nazi: the last interview with Martin Sandberger
On March 30th, 2010, Martin Sandberger died in a retirement home in Stuttgart, where he lived the last years of his life undisturbed and unknown to the public. During the Second World War, he was a member of the SS. He was notably the head of the ‘immigrant centre’ in Gdingen in Poland and was later heavily involved in the deportation of Jews in Strasbourg in France. He was arrested in 1945, convicted of mass murder and sentenced to death. However, in 1951, his sentence was reduced to life in prison. Seven years later, he was released and the thereafter disappeared.
Der Spiegel tracked him down and carried out one last, and in fact the only, interview with the Nazi officer. It was published yesterday in Der Spiegel Online.

Shakespeare’s 446th birthday
This weekend, Shakespeare’s Globe is organising a series of special events to celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday and St George’s Day next Friday, April 23rd. Tomorrow, Saturday 17th April, the Globe continues its tradition of Mark Rylance’s Sonnet Walks. Twelve sonneteers will entertain walkers at various locations across London as they walk to Shakespeare’s Globe. On Sunday, the theatre will open its doors for a free Open Day during which visitors will be able to take part in various workshops and activities inspired by the Mayor of London's ‘Rhythm of London’ campaign to mark St George's Day. The culmination of the events this weekend will be the launch of Shakespeare’s Globe’s 2010 theatre season next Friday with production of Macbeth.

Political Mugs at the Museum of Brands
‘Political Mugs’ opened, yesterday, at the Museum of Brands. The exhibition explores political intrigue over the past 200 years as seen through souvenir mugs and jugs, and contemporary toys and tins. Political pottery became increasingly popular from the 1970s onwards. The Thatcher era in particular saw Maggie squeakers, note pads, toilet rolls and even slippers. The display notably features a gladiatorial play thing between Gladstone and Salisbury from 1885, the game of ‘Poll, or forming a cabinet’ from the election of 1906 and Churchill cigar-smoking manikins from the 1950s.

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