Photo Essay – A Royal Visit


Once a year, the Royal Palace of Brussels opens its doors to the public. This usually happens during July and August, for the duration of more or less a month. By the way, this palace has a ceremonial function; the royals themselves live in the Royal Palace of Laken (which is never open). Or as the official website of the…

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The Grieving Parents

Käthe Kollwitz And The Grieving Parents – Part 2


As I have written in Part I, Peter, the youngest son of Käthe Kollwitz, lost his life in 1914, during World War I. He actually died not far from Diksmuide: he was only 18 and hadn’t even started fighting on the battlefield yet. Peter was originally buried in Roggevelde but later his grave was moved to the German war cemetery in nearby…

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Käthe Kollwitz And The Grieving Parents – Part 1


About 10 years ago, I spent a very lovely weekend with one of my best friends in Köln. As soon as we had arrived, we found a cosy restaurant, where we started planning our 2 days. I remember vividly that my friend wanted to visit the Käthe Kollwitz museum; she had seen some of her works and wanted to know more…

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