About me

Robin OomkesHi! Thanks for visiting my pages. I’m Robin Oomkes. I’m Dutch but currently live in Berlin. I’ve worked in a corporate environment for a long time but now I’m on a sabbatical leave in Berlin – hugely enjoying myself studying the history of the city (and the rest of Germany’s). I also blog about Westfalia and Volkswagen camper vans over at westyman.com (in Dutch).

About the name of the blog

Mr. Menz in MenzThe name of the blog, Dead Emperors’ Society, came up one night over a beer with my good friend Marcel Menz, some 15 years ago. We were travelling through Germany in my VW camper van, chasing cultural and historical sights that Marcel had learned about in his History of Art MA programme. There many great sights in Germany (a lot of which are UNESCO World Heritage) from the days of  the First and Second German Empire, which are not very well known to the public – cathedrals, palaces, monasteries, museum collections. That’s when we decided to call our 2-person travel club the Dead Emperors’ Society.

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