Originals: Natalia Drozdiak on Political Ghosts

Photograph by Elizabeth Skadden

Photograph by Elizabeth Skadden

Natalia Drozdiak is a Belgian-American journalist who has written for Reuters and the German political magazine Cicero. She has a BA in Literature from Bard College, NY and currently lives in Berlin.

Originals: Sylee Gore on Empty Spaces

Photograph by Elizabeth Skadden

Photograph by Elizabeth Skadden

Born in Mumbai and raised in the United States, Sylee Gore has lived in Berlin since 2000. She works at a publishing house and blogs at Berlin Reified.

Originals: Miriam Widman on a Jewish Home for the Elderly


  Miriam Widman has more years of experience as a journalist than she cares to admit. In print she’s written for the International Herald Tribune, Business Week, The Local , Spiegel Online and Jewish Voice from Germany. In radio she’s produced for National Public Radio, Marketplace and The World. She recently performed one of her… Read more »

Originals: Alicia Oltuski on Someone Else’s Promised Land


  Alicia Oltuski is the author of Precious Objects, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her work has appeared on NPR’s Berlin Stories, in W magazine, The Penn Review, Peregrine, and other publications. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University, where she received a David Berg Foundation Fellowship, and a BA and MA… Read more »

Emily Hass at the Jewish Museum

Emily Hass Altonaer assemblage 1

New York artist Emily Hass, whose work was profiled on BSNPR in 2008, is included in the Jewish Museum’s first contemporary art show, commemorating the museum’s ten year anniversary, Heimatkunde. Hass’ mixed media work draws on archival architectural plans of her father’s family home on Altonaerstrasse, which was taken by the Nazis and subsequently destroyed during… Read more »

Originals: Alistair Noon on the East German Police


  Listen to the podcast above. Author Alistair Noon was born in 1970 and grew up near London. He first came to Berlin in 1989, and has lived in the city, bar a couple of years in China, since 1993. His poems have appeared in four chapbooks from various presses: At the Emptying of Dustbins (Oystercatcher, 2009), In People’s Park… Read more »

Originals: Geoffery Lewis on The Reconstruction

People Planting Potatoes in Field

  Geoffery Lewis always wanted to write political history or biography, ever since he read history at Cambridge. But legal practice, being a jealous god, prevented it until he retired from office work in 1993. Since then he has written four books: 1. Lord Atkin (Butterworths, London 1983). A biography of an English judge whose name is a byword… Read more »