It would be foolhardy to count on the conscience of the world. – Stefan Zweig

The abandoned Jewish cemetery of Diespeck, Germany.

Thoughts on Europe and the ‘Migrant Crisis’

Posted by on Feb 6, 2016 in Politics
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Born in 1990, I grew up in a world that was growing ever-closer with unprecedented speed. Every day as a teen when I opened the newspaper I would sure enough find yet another step towards a unifying world. International trade was mostly flourishing, visa-free travel was introduced across more and more countries and the EU …

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The Bach Collegium Japan was founded in 1990 by Masaaki Suzuki. Photo credit: http://www.creatio300.com.

Teleporting Bach – The Japan Bach Collegium in NYC

Posted by on Dec 24, 2015 in Performances
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Originally, I had planned on publishing this post right after the actual concert on November 7th at Zankel Hall (part of Carnegie Hall, NYC). As it often happens I had to shelve it until now – when I am finally stuck on a plane for 12 hours and due to the simply unfathomable fact that …

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Lessing and Lavater as guests in the home of Moses Mendelssohn. Painting by Moritz Daniel Oppenheim 1856

Moses Mendelssohn and Gotthold Ephraim Lessing by Vera Forester

Posted by on Nov 29, 2015 in Books
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Spoiler alert – this book is currently only available in German. This book on the not-so-well-known story of a great friendship that developed between Moses Mendelssohn and Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, two giants of the Enlightenment period, had a great impact on me. Beyond their fascinating correspondences and meetings, their very connection and lives themselves symbolise …

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David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center

Lincoln Center – Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Concerto

Posted by on Nov 18, 2015 in Performances
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Having just returned home from David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center, I had to take a few moments to relax. One doesn’t simply come home after a Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto and goes about daily business. Tonight’s program started off with The Isle of the Dead, which Rachmaninoff wrote with inspiration from the work of a …

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Moses Montefiore - Jewish Liberator. Imperial Hero.

Review: Moses Montefiore by Abigail Green

Posted by on Oct 13, 2015 in Books
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This book was not a serendipitous purchase. I have always liked biographies for several reasons. Many argue that life still produces the most interesting stories – often more empathetically engaging and visceral than anything an author could dream up. What makes them my favourite literary genre, however, is something else. Well-written biographies capture not only …

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Remuneration Policies and Incentives in Banking After the Crisis

Posted by on Oct 12, 2015 in Business and Finance
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Leading Up to New Regulation Leading up to the 2008 financial crisis lay a period of unprecedented growth for the industry. This was accompanied by an inflation in bankers’ remuneration packages, which started to move into the spotlight amid the crisis that caused hundreds of thousands to loose their jobs across the world economy but …

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Reinventing Henry Ford – My take on tomorrow.

Posted by on Dec 26, 2014 in Economics
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Foreword Other than the economics courses I took in high school, I didn’t receive any further formal education on the subject. This text is entirely motivated by thought-experiments that might lack deep formal economic analysis, but are nevertheless interesting to me, and enough so that I decided to write them down. Nothing more, nothing less. Make of that …

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