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James Halle was born into the gloom of post-war Britain, on the 22nd of April 1946. His earlier years were spent in the East End of Glasgow.
He travelled to Germany for the first time in 1967, via Brussels and Liege, then entering West Germany at the border town of Aachen, and moving on to Cologne, Bonn, Koblenz and Boppard. He then spent some time in Switzerland, staying around the area of Lake Neuchatel before eventually returning home to the UK. What he saw and heard on that trip engendered a lifelong curiosity in him that has stayed with him to this day.
He revisited West Germany again in 1973 on his way to Sweden, passing through Hamburg and Denmark. In 1978 he travelled to Berlin, spending some time in the East. Later he moved on through Poland to the Baltic port, then by sea to Sweden.
His last visit to Germany was in June 2012, when he made several visits to Berchtesgaden having been based in the city of Salzburg. Prior to this, in November 2010 he had visited all the major sites in Berlin in connection with World War Two, including the new exhibition "Hitler and the Germans" in the German Historical Museum. He also visited the Jewish Memorial near the Brandenburg Gate and the remembrance sites in connection with Kristallnacht: (November 9th-10th 1938) and the fall of the Berlin Wall (9th November 1989).
He was a member of the Communist party from 1975 until he resigned in 1981. Since then he has had no affiliation to any political party.
In early 1993, he and his family moved to Spain.