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The Thousand-Year-Old City

Most Australians would know Nuremberg only as the German city of the megalomaniac Nazi Party rallies and the war-crimes tribunals that condemned the worst of the Nazi thugs (sans Hitler) to be hanged. Some readers might also be aware that, in the Middle Ages, Nuremberg was one of Europe’s greatest trading cities and that the Renaissance master painter Albrecht Dürer once lived there. I happen to know a little more about this historic and industrial city in Franconia (northern Bavaria) because I attended high school there, in a Gymnasium right in the centre of the old city. Our music room…

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