Tuesday, December 30, 2014
new Helgoland harbor, Germany, circa 1900
Helgoland is a group of islands in the North Sea, spelt Heligoland in English with a present day population of about 1,400. It was briefly a Danish possession, then a British possession from 1814 to 1890 when it was given back to Germany. During WW2 the islands were a regular target of the Royal Air Force and the population was evacuated in 1945. They didn't return until 1952; in the meantime the RAF continued to use the islands as target practice, changing the shape of the coastlines. Today it attracts tourists not least because of the tax exempt status.
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