STROLLING THROUGH ISTANBUL 1918 – THE MEMOIRS OF A GERMAN PRIVATE
In the spring of 1918, 19-year old conscript Georg Steinbach volunteered for the German Asia Forces. Rather than fighting in the trenches of the eastern front, however, Steinbach spent the final months of the war exploring the Ottoman capital, where he notes his impressions of unfamiliar people and exotic landscapes. He writes with endearing boyish excitement about being in the “mysterious” Orient and discovering the endless treasures of Constantinople. The memoirs will be presented by Ruben Gallé, great-grandson of Georg Steinbach, together with Dr. Richard Wittmann of the Orient-Institut Istanbul.