Advent riddle: The fabulous Leonardo

Leonardo da Vinci, whose 500th anniversary will be celebrated next year, not only studied anatomy and motion of animals, but also their personality.
His observations on the nature of individual species he recorded in short, sketchy, often unfinished fables. To make it a readable story was left to later publishers and translators.
About 7200 pages of da Vinci’s notebooks on various topics have been handed down, mirror-written and richly illustrated. Today they are scattered in various collections in Europe and North America.
Da Vinci gained his knowledge rather by imagination and close monitoring than studying sources and literature. However, for our riddle we accept both approaches:

  • The Leonardo Solution: A fable idea in the style of da Vinci with one or more of the animals pictured above
  • The Leonardologist solution: A title to a recorded fable of da Vinci with one or more of the animals shown above with correct source reference of the manuscript (collection, codex, page)

Please send your solution to until January, 1rd 2019, 12.00 pm CET. The winner can choose one of the following prizes:

  1. Walter Isaacson: Leonardo da Vinci
    Simon & Schuster 2017
  2. Charity Children: Fabel (Berlin Street Music, CD or Vinyl)
  3. Moleskine Notebook Classic, colour on request)

Berlin Jews and Dissidents’ Register 1812-1874

For the research of life data from persons who did not belong to any Christian official church before the introduction of registry offices , so-called Jewish or dissident registers are an important source.
The Secret State Archives Prussian Cultural Heritage (GStA) in Berlin-Dahlem preserve copies of indexes for births, marriages and deaths in Berlin for the Years 1812-1874.

VIII. HA, J1 (D) Juden- und Dissidentenregister Berlin

Card files from Berlin prisons from the Nazi era

The Archives of the federal province Berlin keep files of detainees of the Berlin prisons Plötzensee, Tegel, Charlottenburg, Barnimstraße and Moabit from the years 1934/35 to 1945.

The index cards contain biographical information, indications of the offense, terms of imprisonment and transfers as well as file numbers of the competent execution authorities. They are thus an important source for investigating the destiny of prisoners within the detention system of the Nazi state.

In accordance with § 9, para. 3 ArchGB (protection periods of personal data), these files can now be used in digitized form in the reading room of the Landesarchiv.

-> further information on the individual collections on the website of the Landesarchiv


Advent Riddle: Manhole-Heraldry

The history of the sewerage can be traced back to antiquity. The founded in 1874 Berlin network, today reaches nearly 10,000 pipe meters, 243 894 removable plates are covering access points for underground pipe maintenance. Like many other municipalities, Berlin has its own cover design.
In our this year’s Advent riddle, we ask to identify the origin of manhole covers shown below.

Please send your solution to until  January 1st, 2018, 12.00 pm CET.

The winner has free choice in the current offer of the raubdruckerin online shop.
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