Mister Camp King

On 1 August, the American Los Angeles Times journalist and book author, Annie Jacobsen, came to Camp King Oberursel to do research for her forthcoming book.

Her previous book, Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base, was on the New York Times Best Seller list for 14 weeks.

Initially, while doing research via the internet and other sources, she came upon my blog posts about Camp King and found what she was looking for – Mister Camp King a.k.a. Manfred Kopp, our local Camp King Historian.

It only took a few more mails to set up our meeting in Oberursel.

Mr. Kopp and the Taunus Zeitung reporter

When she first arrived at Camp King, she took us out to lunch at the local pizzeria, followed by a tour through Camp King. Mr. Kopp also had the keys for the Mountain Lodge, so we got to take a look inside. Yes, something is actually being done, I saw paint buckets in the corner!

Mister Camp King with Annie Jacobsen

The Taunus Zeitung had sent its reporter, Ms. Takim, and a photographer as well.

Inside the Mountain Lodge

After the interview with the paper, we then proceeded to head on to Schloss Kransberg (a 30-minute drive to Usingen). Due to Annie’s arrival, she had obtained permission to visit the castle from the current owners. Jan Herrmanns, the building and grounds manager, gave us a tour.

Schloss Kransberg near Usingen

It was interesting to be standing in Göring’s office. More about that in another post.

Note: The Taunus Zeitung published the article about Annie’s visit today, see Auf der Suche nach Geheimem.



Facts and Observations about Germany

The following book offers some hard facts about Germany. Well, published in 2010, there is no need to fear for it to be outdated as Germans are slow to change.

On the other hand, you can also read Margit’s post about 10 Things I like about Germany, which are based on her experience and observations.

I know, I should write my own list of things I like about Germany, which do not differ much from Margit’s post. But for a living, I have to explain the Germans’ quirks and other traits. My job, next to teaching, is also problem-solving. Some expats have a lot of questions when dealing with German neighbors and life in Germany, in general.

Once my head is free of all these interesting challenges, I shall write my own list.

Self study Books for German DaF

Deutsch als Fremdsprache (DaF) Lernkrimis: reading and listening comprehension practice for level A2 – B1.

Each 48-page detective story book comes with an audio CD.

Patrick Reich, a private detective, is busy investigating cases in his hometown Kassel. The story includes regional information, definitions and exercises.

Lextra – Deutsch als Fremdsprache – DaF-Lernkrimis A2/B1: Ein Fall für Patrick Reich: Tödlicher Cocktail: Krimi-Lektüre mit Hörbuch

Lextra – Deutsch als Fremdsprache – DaF-Lernkrimis A2/B1: Ein Fall für Patrick Reich: Tatort: Krankenhaus: Krimi-Lektüre mit Hörbuch

Lextra – Deutsch als Fremdsprache – DaF-Lernkrimis A2/B1: Ein Fall für Patrick Reich: Der Mond war Zeuge: Krimi-Lektüre mit Hörbuch: Lextra – … für Patrick Reich. Krimi-Lektüre mit Hörbuch

Three more titles, Jeder ist käuflich, Liebe bis in den Tod, and  Tod in der Oper, are also available from Amazon.de

Ideal for self study.

A1 – B1 Practice Book for German

This little book, full of practices in German grammar and vocabulary, is an ideal companion to the regular practice test books, geared at the German language proficiency test.

These quizzes are fun to take, some are in crossword puzzle format, while others are for filling in the blanks.

Leichte Tests, Deutsch als Fremdsprache (Amazon.de) can be done in self study, or when used by teachers, given as additional exercises or homework assignments.

Diese Übungen machen Spaß und bereichern Ihren Wortschatz.



The Copper Sign by Katia Fox

I have read the trilogy of Das Kupferne Zeichen (The Copper Sign), Der Silberne Falke (The Silver Falcon), and Der Goldene Thron (The Golden Throne), in German, written by Katia Fox.

I am quite delighted to know The Copper Sign will soon be available in English as well.

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Earlier this year, I also got to meet the author at a book reading in Bad Homburg.

Her first book is now available on pre-order at Amazon.com:

The Copper Sign

Release date: 06 December 2011.

The second book of her trilogy, The Silver Falcon, is scheduled for release in December 2012. No release date has been set for the trilogy’s final book.

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