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You cannot understand the 20th century without understanding Berlin; and you cannot understand Berlin without understanding the experiences of its people.
While Berlin stood at the centre of a convulsing world, witnessing epochs such as the First World War, the rise of the Nazis, the Second World War and the Cold War, its citizens lived their lives against the backdrop of these turbulent times.
Sinclair McKay will uncover the varied perspectives of normal people who walked the streets of Berlin in this historic century.
In this talk, he will explore the lives of many Berliners – from famous residents, such as Albert Einstein, to an everyday office worker – to consider how their daily lives both influenced and were influenced by the events of their times.
Sinclair McKay is the bestselling author of Dresden, The Secret Life of Bletchley Park, The Secret Listeners, Bletchley Park Brainteasers and Secret Service Brainteasers. He is a literary critic for The Telegraph and The Spectator.