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Family Behind Krispy Kreme Donates Millions to Holocaust Survivors
Grappling with their company’s history of Nazi support, the Reimanns, one of Germany’s richest families, have pledged 5 million euros to Holocaust survivors and 5 million more to forced laborers.

Thu, 12 Dec 2019 18:45:52 GMT

Christmas Pyramid Lights Up Alabama City
Cullman, Ala., has displayed a 30-foot-tall wooden Weihnachtspyramide, or Christmas pyramid, to celebrate the city’s German roots.

Tue, 10 Dec 2019 16:44:32 GMT

The 25 Rooms That Influence the Way We Design
Three designers, two journalists and an interiors photographer gathered at The New York Times to make a list of history’s most enduring and significant spaces. Here are the results.

Mon, 09 Dec 2019 10:00:43 GMT

Visiting Auschwitz, Merkel Warns Against Danger to Liberal Democracy
Stressing that it was “a German death camp, run by Germans,” Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke of the threat posed by revisionist history and rising hatred.

Fri, 06 Dec 2019 14:03:49 GMT

Europe Has Learned How to Deal With Trump — and Without Him
The NATO summit ended with members vowing to stick together for a future that nobody dares to define.

Fri, 06 Dec 2019 11:00:06 GMT

Germany Says Russia Is Suspected in Berlin Assassination
Germany’s federal prosecutor took over an inquiry into the murder of a former commander of Chechen separatists, and the authorities expelled two Russian diplomats.

Wed, 04 Dec 2019 12:55:08 GMT

For Trump and Europe, a Surprising Role Reversal
Where the president once kept European leaders off balance, Europe’s shifting landscape now has the Great Disrupter scrambling to recalibrate his approach.

Tue, 03 Dec 2019 20:28:11 GMT

Volkswagen Headquarters Raided Again Over Diesel Scandal
Prosecutors were looking for documents as part of the latest investigation into the carmaker’s diesel emissions scandal.

Tue, 03 Dec 2019 18:46:33 GMT
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Finding my husband in Freiburg. Twice. SJ Dodgson MJoTA 2014 v8n2 p0831

I took a long time learning to be a good wife. The 3 times I tried were all to professional men with blue eyes, mostly German ancestry and Roman Catholic. My first was an Australian with a German last name, Gavan Schneider MD BS, my second was an American with a Finnish name that migrated to the coalfields of Pennsylvania via Poland, Raymond Pekala MD, which union produced Angus and Miles Dodgson Pekala. My third, whom I married for better or worse in June 1993, is totally German, Lothar Blossfeld Dipl Physik (Heidelberg). We have 2 children, Allister and Patience.

Almost as if I married the same man 3 times. Even more peculiar is that I was born in England in the long shadow of the second world war, and from when I could talk I knew that the Germans had tried to kill us all. Twice. World War I and World War II. And did succeed in killing at least a dozen or so of my close male relatives.

My mother came from 2 contrasting breeds of Belfast Irish: Quakers who tolerate everyone, and Presbyterians who tolerate hardly anyone. She caused quite a fuss when she told her parents she was bringing my father home to Belfast for the wedding: an Englishman named Michael? A name only used in Ireland by Catholics?

Lothar however, is not terribly Catholic. He is a mix of Catholic, Jewish and Lutheran, although when asked to pay the compulsory state tax for churches, he managed to wriggle out of it by saying he did not believe in anything. He always went to Catholic church with me on Christmas with my 2 Pekala sons and, after they appeared, our son and daughter.

I met Lothar in April 1986, in a pub in Freiburg-im-Breisgau and rapidly we moved into a pattern that lasted 12 years, of him visiting me in New Jersey or traveling with me, and me and the children visiting him in Freiburg and his parents in Frankfurt. After 6 years he bought a hotel in Breitnau. In 1998, 6 years after that, I started working as a professional medical writer, with no vacation time, and that was the end of my trips to Germany. In 2008, Lothar sold the hotel, without bothering to send me my possessions, and in 2013 was placed in an old people's home in Freiburg by his landlady. Who blocked all access to his family. My daughter and I found him in August 2014, after no replies from any of his contacts, and after going to the police in Freiburg to file a missing person's report.

Now that Lothar has Parkinson's Disease and needs his family, we were there for him. Doing our best to rescue him from his landlady whom he has said used threats to gain control over his health, residence, assets and block his family. German courts thought perfectly reasonable the concept that a man with dementia, who needs someone to wipe his bottom, could decide to never ever see his only family again. Our ties with Germany are severed.

During my father's trip before he died, he visited me in New Jersey, and then Lothar in Freiberg-im-Breisgau in 1986, to whom he spoke in German. My father learned German, from a German prisoner-of-war working on his parent's farm during World War II, and honed in Australia through a friendship with German refugees.

Videos of Breitnau, yes, a lot of snow from October until April.

Germany. SJ Dodgson MJoTA 2013 v7n2 p1216

Today is December 16, Beethoven's birthday. I know that because I grew up reading a newspaper comic, Peanuts, for whom Beethoven's birthday was extremely important. The comic's creator, Charles Schultz, had a German name, as do a lot of Americans. America is very German: in the early 1900s more immigrants came from Germany than anywhere else and they influenced the foods we eat like pretzels?

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Four Decades Later: East German Art Heist Mystery Nears Resolution
Forty years ago, thieves swiped five valuable paintings from an East German museum. Now, they have finally been returned, thanks largely to the mayor of the town from which they were taken. But the mystery hasn't yet been solved.

Thu, 12 Dec 2019 12:36:00 +0100

AfD Campaign Finance Trouble: A Right-Wing Populist Slush Fund Exposed
The right-wing populist party Alternative for Germany is already embroiled in a campaign donation scandal. But documents obtained by DER SPIEGEL show that more trouble could be on the horizon due to a murky slush fund used in the party's early days.

Fri, 29 Nov 2019 19:05:20 +0100

German Doomsday Preppers: Harmless Stockpilers or Neo-Nazi Survivalists?
In Germany, a radical subset of doomsday preppers is hoarding food, amassing arsenals and getting ready to kill migrants, Muslims and leftists. The German government is only just waking up to the far-right threat lurking in the scene. By DER SPIEGEL Staff

Thu, 21 Nov 2019 18:41:00 +0100

Elon Takes Berlin: Plans for Tesla Plant Jostle German Car Industry
Electric automaker Tesla announced its plans to build a major factory just outside Berlin this week. The move is a major development in an industry shakeup that is causing the upheaval of the entire German automobile industry. By DER SPIEGEL Staff

Fri, 15 Nov 2019 18:51:04 +0100

Trans-Atlantic Hate: Neo-Nazi 'Atomwaffen Division' Spreads Fear in Germany
German politicians and activists have been the focus of a wave of vicious, neo-Nazi threats of late, many of them signed by a new extremist group from the U.S. called the "Atomwaffen Division." Security officials in Germany are concerned.

Wed, 13 Nov 2019 21:37:00 +0100

Interview with Mikhail Gorbachev: 'It Was Impossible To Go On Living Like Before'
In a DER SPIEGEL interview, former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev speaks about the fall of the Berlin Wall, why perestroika was unavoidable and the present-day relationship between the West and Russia.

Fri, 08 Nov 2019 18:00:21 +0100

Freedom of Speech: Germany Struggles To Define Limits of What Can Be Said
A debate over the limits of free speech is exploding in Germany, with the left and the right seeking to outdo each other. The political debate has grown intense in this polarized country, but it's also more vital than ever. By DER SPIEGEL Staff

Fri, 08 Nov 2019 13:56:00 +0100

Battle over the Defense Budget: Germany Remains Tepid on NATO 2-Percent Goal
U.S. President Donald Trump has been extremely critical of German defense spending. But in a midterm government report, Finance Minister Olaf Scholz successfully prevented an explicit pledge to increase the defense budget.

Thu, 07 Nov 2019 18:07:00 +0100

War Games: German Syria Proposal a Risk for Merkel Ally
By proposing a security zone in northern Syria, Germany's defense minister has irked important allies in Berlin and taken international partners by surprise. It is a risky move and could determine whether she will succeed Merkel as chancellor. By DER SPIEGEL Staff

Mon, 28 Oct 2019 18:29:29 +0100

 'The Man Was a Twit': Historian Christopher Clark on the Hohenzollern Dispute
In what has grown into a major battle between the former royal family of Prussia and the state of Brandenburg, Germany, historian Christopher Clark prepared an expert opinion on behalf of the Hohenzollerns. In an interview, he comments on the controversy that has unfolded around the legal altercation.

Sat, 26 Oct 2019 11:51:00 +0200
Lufthansa Plane Lost in Switzerland SJ Dodgson MJoTA 2015 v9n1p0322

Is this tragic crash of a German plane flying from Barcelona, Spain to Duesseldorf, Germany, a metaphor for Germany losing control over European Union? The press conference given by the CEO of Lufthansa insisted that the pilots passed all medical and technical tests and no red flags were raised. I believe them. An airline has no upside in a crash, none at all, and ethical airline companies do everything possible to avert these crashes.

But I also believe that in Germany, rules are made for efficiency, not for humans.

I went to Germany in 1986 to learn some surgical techniques. I was a research assistant professor at an American Ivy League university (University of Pennsylvania) As the mother of 2 American adults whose father is a German scientist imprisoned in a hospital in Germany, I affirm their rules were not made for humans.

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Brilliant engineering, taking risks and doing everything they can to lower greenhouse gas output and water usage. Germany is leading the way, and US police need to be arresting parents whose children have access to guns, rather than parents who leave their kids outside a store, with the whole world watching them, so they can nip in and buy a loaf of bread.

These young people were enjoying the afternoon breezes on the arches of a footbridge, near the University of Freiburg and the main train station in Freiburg-im-Breisgau.
Where I took the background picture in July 2015.