In September 1939, World War II began, causing a minimum of 60mio casualties. Just six years before that, in January 1933, the last free elections were held in Germany – allowing the Nazis to take over and to start their match towards total war.
When there is one thing to take away from that, it is to do the right thing: Go, and cast your vote at the European Elections this Sunday.
There is no sense in remaining at home or in trying to utilize the internet for any kind of outrage or hoping something will change without standing up for it: That will not change anything, because that does not matter in the end, that’s just noise.
Just go and vote, since the moment of truth is at the elections and if you want to convince people of your opinion, reach out to them and talk to them. One by one.
A year ago, Cloudibility was founded by Michael Dombek and me, Karsten Samaschke. We had some expectations in regards to how we wanted to grow the company and what we wanted to offer to our customers. Truth is: We were plain wrong!
50mm F/6.3 1/1250s ISO200, Sony Alpha II with Canon FD 50mm F/1.4 vintage lens, filtered using Adobe Lightroom Classic CC
Once upon a time (some 30 years ago), you had to wait up to 18 years for such a car – usually, the East-Germans ordered one after having given birth to a child. The Trabant was the only affordable car in East-Germany and was a super robust vehicle, which still runs today to thousands.
The JU-52 airplane was one of the most successful planes before the Second World War. It is often referred to as “Tante Ju” or “Aunt Ju”.
24mm f/4 1/640s ISO3200, Canon 6d Mk I with Canon EF 24-105mm IS USM L-lens
It was brought into duty in 1932 and was built until the early 50s. German Airline Lufthansa selected the JU-52 as its main plane in the early 30s. As a speciality, this plane’s exterior was made from corrugated iron.
Last week, my family and I visited the Deutsche Technikmuseum in Berlin, a very interesting place. Here you can virtually stroll through history, you can experience trains, planes, cars, ships as well as photography or jewellery.
24mm f/4 1/2500s ISO800, Canon 6d Mk I with Canon EF 24-105mm IS USM L-lens
I uploaded many images into a gallery. Some of these pictures were already featured in my blog or my instagram account, most of them are not and perhaps won’t ever be.
Enigma was the German encryption system during the Second World War. The German were so proud of it, the were absolutely sure it was unbreakable.
24mm f/4.0 1/20s ISO8000, Canon 6d with Canon EF 24-105mm IS USM L-lens
But they were plain wrong.
The Polish had already understood, how Enigma worked and gave their knowledge to the British, which were able to build a huge machine (called “the bomb” ) to decrypt the catched sparking claims. Later, they got hand on the Enigma itself (by rushing into sinking submarines) and therefore were able to transcript and decrypt most of the German decryption systems throughout the whole war in Bletchley Park.
So, an Enigma was something very common (to the Germans) and something top secret at the same time. It was a perfect sample for engineering art and the way the Germans were biased with regards to their and their opponents’ abilities also at the same time. And finally, they never knew that they were hacked. That makes an Enigma a perfect symbol for German warfare at that time.
This particular picture was taken in the Technikmuseum in Berlin. A place worth a visit!
I recommend reading the book Cryptonomicon (Amazon US | Amazon DE) by Neal Stephenson if you want to understand the fundamentals and a lot of historical background with regards to Enigma, Bletchley Park and Alan Turing.