01/10 – Metropolis

On this day in 1927, the classic science fiction film Metropolis was released in German cinemas. Directed by Fritz Lang, the film - which depicts a futuristic mega-city bristling with exciting new technology - took over a year to film and cost over 5 million Reichsmarks (€18 million if adjusted for inflation). The plot centres…

11/27 – Treaty of Locarno

L-R: Stresemann, Chamberlain (UK) and Briand (France) hammering out the Treaty of Locarno in 1925. (source: Wikimedia Commons) On this day in 1925, the German parliament ratified (signed into law) the Treaty of Locarno. Signed by France, Belgium, Germany, Italy and England, the treaty had three main goals: solidify Europe's post-WWI borders, get Germany into…