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Walter Möbius’ Movie Pick

Walter Möbius was born in 1937 and he has strong memories of the war years and the immediate post-war period. He also loves the city of Vienna, where he worked for many years. So his choice of his favourite movie of all time is fascinating: it’s Carol Reed’s noir classic The Third Man – set of course amid a Vienna still in ruins at the end of the 1940s.

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September 19, 2014

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Walter Möbius, survivor

Or: Kriegsgeneration
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Of course, many people from many different countries suffered terribly under the Germans in the Second World War. But Germans suffered, too. Men at the front. Women enduring terrible hardships and violence. Children left to fend for themselves. These are the people of the Kriegsgeneration – the war generation – and it’s only really in recent years that they have been telling their stories. One of this war generation is Walter Möbius, my latest guest on Talking Germany.

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September 19, 2014

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Manni Breuckmann’s Movie Pick

Manni Breuckmann has three favourite movies. First up: The Jungle Book, which we’ve never had before – great choice! Then the wonderful Billy Wilder comedy Irma la Douce, starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine. But I think his number one choice is a German movie that I’ve never seen but which sounds very interesting: I Often Think of Piroschka from 1955, featuring the legendary Liselotte Pulver. Time to check it out!

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September 15, 2014

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With Bill Shankly and Manni Breuckmann

Not just a game

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“Some people believe football is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.” It’s one of the most famous quotes in the history of football and it came from the legendary former Liverpool manager Bill Shankly. But was he right? Certainly Germans take their football very seriously, which is just one reason why the country’s national team won their fourth world cup title earlier this year. One of the outstanding voices of football commentary in Germany is Manni Breuckmann, my latest guest on Talking Germany.

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September 15, 2014

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Sweet and bitter, Alfred Ritter

Or: Swabia’s “radical” chocolate manufacturer!

Swabians on the offensive! Swabians swamping Berlin! Swabians buying up the German capital! It’s the kind of thing you hear a lot of in Berlin these days. Swabians? The thrifty, industrious and canny people of Swabia – the region around Stuttgart in Germany’s south-western state of Baden-Württemberg. One of them is Alfred Ritter. The son of Alfred Ritter. Who was in turn the son of … you’ve guessed, Alfred Ritter. Together, they make up the Ritter Sport chocolate manufacturing dynasty. And Alfred Ritter (the third) is my latest guest on Talking Germany. He’s a proud and fairly typical Swabian with, I sense, a wry sense of humour, a whiff of melancholy, and a good deal of political passion.

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September 8, 2014

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