Bits and Bites on the Frankfurt Tour

Rosa, a woman of Austrian descent in her mid-70s, was our energetic guide on the walking tour of Frankfurt Friday morning. She walked fast and seemed tireless. She often had to wait for all of the students to catch up before she continued her talk and her journey. It was obvious she loved Frankfurt, where she has lived for the past 30 years, and she knows its history well.

Rosa was a dynamo and the students loved her.

Rosa was a dynamo and the students loved her.

The Jewish Holocaust Memorial Wall honors the memory of the 12,000 Frankfurt Jewish Citizens who lost their lives during the Holocaust, including Anne, Margot and Edith Frank. The wall surrounds the Jewish Cemetery, and is across the street from the Jewish Museum. Diarist Anne Frank was born in Frankfurt in 1929 and died in the Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp in 1945.

The Jewish Holocaust Memorial Wall honors the memory of the 12,000 Frankfurt Jewish Citizens who lost their lives during the Holocaust, including Anne, Margot and Edith Frank. The wall surrounds the Jewish Cemetery, and is across the street from the Jewish Museum. Diarist Anne Frank was born in Frankfurt in 1929 and died in the Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp in 1945.

Anne Frank's name on the Memorial Wall.

Anne Frank’s name on the Memorial Wall.

The Jewish Museum bore this large poster supporting the victims of the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris.

The Jewish Museum bore this large poster supporting the victims of the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris.

From 1562 to 1792, emperors-elect of the Holy Roman Empire were crowned at Frankfurt Cathedral, dedicated to St. Bartholomew. Rebuilt after an 1867 fire, the church suffered severe interior damage from Allied bombing in WWII and was rebuilt again in the 1950s.

From 1562 to 1792, emperors-elect of the Holy Roman Empire were crowned at Frankfurt Cathedral, dedicated to St. Bartholomew. Rebuilt after an 1867 fire, the church suffered severe interior damage from Allied bombing in WWII and was rebuilt again in the 1950s.

Crucifixion scene at the rear of the sanctuary.

Crucifixion scene at the rear of the sanctuary.

This photo of nuns rested atop a collection box at the entrance to the church.

This photo of nuns rested atop a collection box at the entrance to the church.

Frankfurt was devastated by bombing in WWII and many of the ancient half-timber buildings were destroyed. Most of these buildings on the square are reconstructions.

Frankfurt was devastated by bombing in WWII and many of the ancient half-timber buildings were destroyed. Most of these buildings on the square are reconstructions.

The old town hall is authentic, and survived the War. Note the skyscraper behind it. Frankfurt is the home of the European Central Bank and is a cosmopolitan city of 700,000.

The old town hall is authentic, and survived the War. Note the skyscraper behind it. Frankfurt is the home of the European Central Bank and is a cosmopolitan city of 700,000.

This memorial marks one of the many book burnings conducted by the Nazis.

This memorial marks one of the many book burnings conducted by the Nazis.

A group shot of Gutenbergers on the famous Eiserner Steg Bridge that crosses the Main River in the heart of Frankfurt.

A group shot of Gutenbergers on the famous Eiserner Steg Bridge that crosses the Main River in the heart of Frankfurt.

Thousands of locks decorate the bridge. Couples leave a lock and throw the key into the river to seal their love. There is a thriving lock and engraving business near the entrance to the bridge.

Thousands of locks decorate the bridge. Couples leave a lock and throw the key into the river to seal their love. There is a thriving lock and engraving business near the entrance to the bridge.

The house of the poet Goethe, Germany's Shakespeare.

The house of the poet Goethe, Germany’s Shakespeare.

At the professors' insistence, the tour ended at lunchtime at the Kleinmarkthalle, or little food market hall. Dating to the 1890s, it is filled with food stands and restaurants. No one seemed to mind.

At the professors’ insistence, the tour ended at lunchtime at the Kleinmarkthalle, or little food market hall. Dating to the 1890s, it is filled with food stands and restaurants. No one seemed to mind.

This creature was roaming the hall, apparently part of a film project.

This creature was roaming the hall, apparently part of a film project.

Sweets were available beside the vegetables, fish, pasta, cheeses, breads…

Sweets were available beside the vegetables, fish, pasta, cheeses, breads…

Students fanned out across the vendors and no one went hungry.

Students fanned out across the vendors and no one went hungry.

The afternoon was spend in a communications museum, where the professors obsessed over this 1960s art deco television/tape recorder/radio/turntable. Prof. Hatcher, as is often the case in museums, was mildly reprimanded for touching it.

The afternoon was spend in a communications museum, where the professors obsessed over this 1960s art deco television/tape recorder/radio/turntable. Prof. Hatcher, as is often the case in museums, was mildly reprimanded for touching it.

When did computers qualify as antiques?

When did computers qualify as antiques?

Rotary dial telephones that fascinated the kids made the profs feel like antiques.

Rotary dial telephones that fascinated the kids made the profs feel like antiques.

Brett enjoys art dedicated to the art of letter writing.

Brett enjoys art dedicated to the art of letter writing.

Cell phones of the Mesozoic Era.

Cell phones of the Mesozoic Era.

Sheep with phones for  heads and cords for bodies. There's a deep message there.

Sheep with phones for heads and cords for bodies. There’s a deep message there.

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