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Germans First? A Food Bank Bars Migrants, Setting Off a Storm
Chancellor Angela Merkel says, “You shouldn’t categorize people like this.” But Germans call the man who runs the food bank a “people’s hero.”

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 03:45:11 GMT

Germany’s National Anthem May Be Sexist. Is America’s Racist?
“The Star-Spangled Banner” is not alone in having some disturbing lyrics.

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 09:45:06 GMT

So You’ve Got Populists in Your Parliament. What Next?
Germany is in the middle of a forced lesson in how to deal with an empowered far-right party.

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 05:18:41 GMT

As Merkel Begins New Term, Compromises Could Undo Economic Boom
Some experts believe Germany is on the verge of refusing its own medicine on economic reform, a shift that would have major implications for Europe.

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 04:45:08 GMT

‘Never Again’: Fighting Hate in a Changing Germany With Tours of Nazi Camps
Ferdous is from Afghanistan, Florentina from Kosovo and Damian from Berlin. A German high school class visited Sachsenhausen, where 50,000 are believed to have died during World War II.

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 19:18:35 GMT

After 131 Years, Message in a Bottle Found on Australian Beach
The message was tossed from a German ship in June 1886. This year, an Australian woman noticed the thick green glass poking through the sand.

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 19:07:15 GMT

No More ‘Fatherland’? Germans Debate Gender-Neutral Anthem
A rewrite suggestion from an official in the country’s Family Ministry has drawn a backlash. But other countries have carried through with similar changes.

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 16:23:21 GMT

Discovering Art in and Around Maastricht
The Tefaf host city is only the beginning when it comes to art in the Meuse-Rhine Euregion, which includes parts of the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 05:01:33 GMT
Where is Lothar Blossfeld Dipl Physik? click here
A Hershey kiss or a blob of paint? The Paint Torch outside the Pennsylvania Academy of Art in Philadelphia click here


Location of  Germany  (dark green)– in Europe  (green & dark grey)– in the European Union  (green)  –  [Legend]
Freiburg Synagogue, burned to the ground 1938, memorial footprint until now click here
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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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The Two Women at the Top: Inside the Relationship Between Berlin's Uncertain New Allies
Never before in German history have two governing parties been led by women. The country's political stability will now hinge on the relationship between Andrea Nahles and Angela Merkel. By DER SPIEGEL Staff

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 17:09:00 +0100

Cyber-Espionage Hits Berlin: The Breach from the East
German intelligence officials issued warnings back in 2016 of a cyber-espionage group known as Snake. But the apparently Russian hackers behind the group were able to breach the German government nonetheless. By DER SPIEGEL Staff

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 15:29:00 +0100

Where's the Enthusiasm?: Germany's New Milquetoast Government
With the Social Democrats having approved a new coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel, Germany finally has a government. Despite the breakthrough, however, enthusiasm is in short supply in Berlin.

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 11:44:35 +0100

Hope for a New Beginning: Two Years in a German Teen Refugee Home
In recent years, thousands of unaccompanied minors have arrived in Germany hoping to be recognized as refugees. DER SPIEGEL followed eight Afghan teenagers in a group home as they inched their way through the ups and downs of asylum process.

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 11:25:00 +0100

The Diesel Delusion: Court Ruling Could Change Future of Mobility in Germany
A major court ruling in Germany on Tuesday means that millions of diesel cars may soon be banned from city centers in the country. The verdict clearly exposes the vast failings of German policymakers over the years and their cozy relationship with the automobile industry. By DER SPIEGEL Staff

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 19:01:26 +0100

CDU General Secretary Kramp-Karrenbauer: 'The Stability of Our Political System Is at Stake'
With Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer having been appointed to general secretary of the conservative Christian Democrats, many see her as Angela Merkel's possible successor. DER SPIEGEL spoke with her about what the CDU must do to remain relevant and the things that make her different from the chancellor.

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 18:27:25 +0100

The Diesel Disaster: Are Driving Bans Coming for German Cities?
A court ruling could ban millions of diesel cars from German city centers, rendering the vehicles worthless. The federal government has considered responding with free public transportation and by forcing car manufacturers to submit to new requirements. By DER SPIEGEL Staff

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:31:00 +0100

Big-Tent Blues: The Silver Lining of Germany's Political Chaos
A wave of political change is crashing over Germany and the country's once-proud big-tent parties are in a state of crisis. As frightening as the development may be, it also presents an opportunity.

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 09:44:54 +0100

Crumbling Big-Tent Parties: German Politics Enters Era of Instability
Germany's big-tent parties have ensured political stability for decades. But they are rapidly losing power and influence. The Social Democrats are witnessing an open rebellion against party leadership while many conservatives are beginning to doubt Merkel's abilities. By DER SPIEGEL Staff

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:34:57 +0100

Opinion: Can the Rock of Gibraltar Falter?
Germany used to be an anchor of international stability. But that's changing. The political chaos surrounding Angela Merkel's attempts to create a new government serve as a warning that the country is not immune to factors that are destabilizing other European countries.

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:38:00 +0100
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.