About Hannover – third part
Yes, the official story, for both sides, even for many of the Jews themselves, was that Kristallnacht was initiated as a retaliation to the action of a Polish Jew originally from Hanover, Herschel Grynszpan, who had shot a German embassy official in Paris, (himself, allegedly, maybe ironically, at the time, under investigation by the Gestapo for “aiding Jews“.) Hanover’s infrastructure had been bombed to almost total destruction by the Allies. Who the hell were they expecting to clean and reconstruct it? The former prisoners from Bergen-Belsen, (the very ones who were showed emaciated, starving, dying, in the news after the libration of that camp)? Maybe import some re-imported Polish Jews again? Maybe some non-Jewish Poles would have been a better idea? Let them work to reconstruct Hanover, since Poles are “known” to be hard workers.
But everyone had to wait for that until the Iron Curtain fell, so pretty much this is maybe why the architectural soul of today’s Hanover is actually boring, (with the exception of a reconstructed originally creative type of bridge design named Lavesbrucke, imagined by neoclassical architect and construction engineer Georg Ludwig Friedrich Laves in the first part of the 19th century, who also designed a rather pretty and probably sunny giant Barbie dollhouse type home for himself.) This is also maybe, with a higher degree of speculation involved, why today Hanover has absolutely no good German restaurants, just a mixture of various pseudo-exotic postmodern locales from some younger entrepreneurs from Greece, Italy, Africa, and an occasional French one. German cuisine has lost its soul once it chased almost all of its traditional Jewish mothers and grandmothers away. They were the ones who had been feeding for several generations the starving Saxons who had remained in the center of Europe, maybe also several of the other Germanic tribes, maybe not all, of course, and sometimes maybe even against a degree of reluctance or ambivalence from the part of some of the more highly educated own daughters and sons who wished most of all, as many studious youngsters seem to do, to assimilate. (I am not speaking from a strictly Jewish experience here, but from the experience of a rather reluctant, better said, risk adverse, occasional and almost accidental pastoral wanderer, with absolutely no special expertise about food or even pastoral literature.)
Among the famous and important people with lives and destinies intertwined with Hanover’s are 2 philosophers, (although one of them wished to identify herself as otherwise, considering maybe at her historical time of her life that the business of philosophy may be a rather egotistical, also maybe singularly subjective and not always lucid one), the first, (chronologically), being Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz, (the local University of Hanover deciding to name itself after him relatvely recently, in 2006, probably having reassured itself that by this time the fans of Monsieur de Voltaire would not be making fun of them for doing so after all, since it had managed to develop into a more complex educational institution since it had been first founded as a vocational technical high school in 1831), the second thinker being Johanna “Hannah” Arendt, (who is known to have been written the books named The Origins of Totalitarism, The Human Condition, and Eichmann in Jerusalem: a Report on the Banality of Evil, and also a collection of biographical essays about interesting people such as philosopher Karl Jaspers, Pope John XXIII, and renowned author Isaak Dinesen/Karen Blixen, in a volume named Men in Dark Times, and who preferred to call herself a political theorist rather than a philosopher). Also known as being originally from Hanover are 2 astronomers, brother and sister, Frederick William Herschel, who apparently discovered the planet Uranus and its two major moons, Titania and Oberon, plus to other moons of the already known planet Saturn, and Caroline Lucretia Herschel, who discovered several comets, one of which, a periodical comet which orbits the Sun in 155 years, is named after her, comet 35P/Herschel- Rigollet, (Rigollet being the one who had the chance to see it from France in 1939). More recent famous people include the winner of the 2010 Eurovision contest, artist Lena, who sang the song Satellite, the musical group Scorpions, and politician Gerhard Fritz Kurt Schroder, (who would have been about 21 years old when the band Scorpions came into existence, whose father, a senior lance corporal in the Wermacht, had been killed in combat during the latter stages of WW2 on the territory of Romania, near Cluj, a few months after the birth of his son, son who would be later decorated with the Grand Cross category of the Romanian Star Order around the time he was still Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany.)
Here is a video presentation of today’s touristic Hanover highlights: