And look at palaces in the Regierungstraße. "Regierung" in German means "government," so one would assume that the departments of Erfurt's local government had their offices there. Like all of Erfurt's other important structures, the buildings in the Regierungstraße had been neglected by the bankrupt Soviet government.

The first building at Regierungstraße 72 was known originally as the Haus zum Güldenen Stern and served as the kurfürstliches sächsisches Geleitshaus, a royal consulate for the princes of Weimar. Germany, as we know it today, did not exist until 1871. Before that, it was a patchwork of near-bankrupt principalities. The poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe served as a minister in goverment of Weimar and stayed in this building when he visited Erfurt.

The Markgrafengasse runs perpendicular to the Regierungstraße. Goethe's horse-drawn carriage must have entered the arched entrance and driven into the courtyard.

Regierungstraße 72, 1998

After renovation

Markgrafengasse, 1998, looking north

After renovation


Haus zum Laubstein, north end of the Markgrafengasse, 1998

After renovation

Regierungstraße 62-3, 1998

After renovation

Number 62 serves as the Swedish Consulate in Erfurt



September 30, 2022

Rolexes and Wealth

I remember the day my eighth-grade teacher arrived at school wearing his new wrist-watch. We saw this guy for the 180 days of the school-year and knew him pretty well--as well as anyone did. We noticed that, among his other mannerisms, he tended to look often at the watch during class. We thought he was keen to know the time on a regular basis. Now, I believe he was just admiring his new watch.

September 28, 2022

Family-life is not a Democracy

I ran into a problem yesterday when I returned to Germany. On my first evening, I wanted to slake my thirst for German beer, big-time! So I ordered a liter-serving right off the bat; but I knew I also wanted some wine and ordered a carafe of it, as well. Shamefully, I have to admit to not finishing either. I slaked my thirst, but had to leave some of it undrunk. I hate wasting anything, but I had work to do and wanted to operate on all my cylinders.

September 24, 2022

Violence in the Real

This article appeared last July in the Sunday edition of the Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper, by the newspaper's expert on hip-hop music, Florentin Schuhmacher. He regards gangsta-rap, and its sub-genre Drill, as a legitimate art-form. He can understand the reservations that law enforcement, parents, and teachers have toward music that glorifies gang-life, describes the rush of killing one's enemies, the pleasure of drugs—as a source of wealth—and demeaning women; but Schumacher also says the police cannot simply censor it. They must distinguish between art and criminal acts, shooings, and robberies.

Lloyd Bowers


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