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German Court Fines 3 for Failing to Help Ailing Retiree in Bank
The defendants, who stepped over or around an unconscious 83-year-old man to make their way to an A.T.M., were fined $2,900 to $4,300.

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 05:54:24 -0500

How Martin Schulz’s Campaign Against Angela Merkel Fizzled
The former European Parliament president once seemed poised to give the German chancellor a real challenge. It did not happen.

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:36:43 -0500

The World’s Most Powerful Woman Won’t Call Herself a Feminist
Angela Merkel doesn’t need you to call her one either.

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 11:24:41 -0500

In Angela Merkel, German Women Find Symbol, but Not Savior
The highest office in the land has been held by a woman for 12 years. It’s all the other offices that still pose a problem for women in Germany.

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 23:45:24 -0500

As German Election Looms, Politicians Face Voters’ Wrath for Ties to Carmakers
A diesel emissions crisis has put the spotlight on links between the auto industry — responsible for Germany’s most important export — and the country’s leaders.

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 05:00:03 -0500

Merkel Suggests Germany Should Join North Korea Talks
With German elections approaching, the chancellor highlighted her global status by urging negotiations with North Korea based on the model of the nuclear deal with Iran.

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 11:52:11 -0500

Need to Catch Up on the German Election? Here’s a Guide
With the vote on Sept. 24, read New York Times coverage to learn more about the election and the issues that have been roiling Germany and Europe.

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 23:45:29 -0500

These Obsessive Men of MoMA Furnished Your Modernist Home
The forward drive that Alfred H. Barr Jr. and Philip Johnson embraced seems utterly contemporary — and covetable — today.

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 11:00:14 -0500
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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#Design4enterprises: The European Commission launched a 3-year programme of courses to support design driven innovation
A complete range of free training courses provided by the European Commission to discover how design-driven innovation can become the key to improve European SMEs competitiveness, efficiency and sustainability.

'A beacon in our scientific landscape'
The Minister-President of Bavaria, Horst Seehofer, opens the Diabetes Research Department at the Helmholtz Zentrum München – Leading role in German diabetes research – Strategic alliance with Munich’s Technical University Neuherberg, 16.11.

'Agriculture worldwide needs new solutions' Scientists call for urgent turnaround in weed-control research
Growing weed resistance in all major production areas of the world / More than 25-year lull in bringing herbicides with new modes of action to market Increased research in weed control is urgently required now to address the severe agricultural problems

'Aktion 42' – weightless bubbles propelled by sound
When German ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst flies to the ISS in May 2014, his daily work will include conducting experiments. One of these experiments will involve analysing how soap bubbles behave in a microgravity environment and whether sound waves can

'Autotech meets Biotech' - current status and outlook
Intensive cooperation between the engineering-driven sectors and the biotechnology sector is a prerequisite for driving forward automation in the field of biotechnology. The Engineering – Life Sciences – Automation (ELSA) cluster initiative of BioRegio

'Better' Hormones Through Diet and Exercise
Weight loss - by change in diet or in combination with physical exercise - has a positive impact on the production of adipose tissue hormones: Adipose cells produce less leptin but, instead, more adiponectin, which counteracts diabetes and cancer. These

'Casanova gene' in female songbirds
Females inherit "infidelity gene" from their fathers It is assumed that many bird species are monogamous, yet infidelity is a widespread phenomenon. The advantage for the male seems obvious as in this way he can increase the number of his offspring.

'Der heilige Zeitgeist'
Developments in Protestant theology during the Weimar Republic Few epochs in the history of modern German Protestantism have been scrutinized as intensely as the 14 years for which the Weimar Republic lasted. Scholarly monographs on the most influential

'Energiewende' by Pushing a Button
Siemens/KIT Alliance Increases Quality and Reduces Costs of the Production of Lithium-Ion Batteries for Solar and Wind Power Storage and Electric Vehicles With the help of modern automation systems, even highly complex production plants can be operated

'Excellence in Research'- a German-Canadian Conference on Academic Exchange
The prospects of German-Canadian academic exchange will be the focus of expert discussions from 2 - 4 November 2012 in Toronto. Politicians, Scientists and University Representatives from Canada and Germany will be taking part in the interdisciplinary

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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Interview with Martin Schulz: 'We Cannot Leave Any Room for the Enemies of Democracy'
Social Democratic chancellor candidate Martin Schulz still believes he has a chance of unseating Angela Merkel. DER SPIEGEL spoke to him about the anger many Germans feel against establishment parties and how to deal with authoritarian politicians.

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:09:00 +0200

German Election Podcast: What You Need To Know About Sunday's Vote
Germans head to the polls this Sunday to elect their next parliament. In our special election podcast, SPIEGEL ONLINE Editor-in-Chief Barbara Hans discusses issues that have shaped the campaign, Angela Merkel's prospects for a fourth term and the likelihood the far right will win seats.

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:42:00 +0200

March of the Trolls: Right-Wing Activists Take Aim at German Election
Ahead of Germany's general election, an international alliance of extremist online activists is busy inciting on the internet. They're spreading hate, fake news and Kremlin propaganda in an effort to help the right-wing populist Alternative for Germany. By Konstantin von Hammerstein, Roman Höfner and Marcel Rosenbach

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 15:37:00 +0200

The Victory of Rage: AfD Sets its Sights on German Parliament
Even as Chancellor Angela Merkel seems set to win her fourth term, the German campaign has been characterized in some towns by rage and hatred. The right-wing populist AfD is also expecting Election Day success, and it will change German political debate. By DER SPIEGEL Staff

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 15:24:00 +0200

Is Moscow Planning Something?: Germany Prepares for Possible Russian Election Meddling
Two years ago, Russian hackers conducted a cyberattack against the German parliament. Will the data they stole make a sudden appearance before the election? Officials are doubtful, but there may be an even greater threat.

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 15:07:00 +0200

An Agent from Ankara: Did Turkey Plan To Kill Kurdish Official in Germany?
An espionage trial in Hamburg is raising questions about the Turkish government's intelligence activities in Germany. It has shed light on a murky world in which Ankara may even be trying to eliminate its political opponents.

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 12:24:05 +0200

David vs. Goliath: The Unequal Battle Between Martin Schulz and Angela Merkel
He started with a bang. But for months, Social Democratic chancellor candidate Martin Schulz has been having trouble gaining traction on the campaign trail. Could it be that he doesn't want power badly enough?

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 12:13:00 +0200

SPIEGEL Interview with Angela Merkel: 'In Everything I Do, I Aim to Strengthen Democracy'
Angela Merkel is running for a fourth term in office. DER SPIEGEL speaks with the chancellor about the addiction of power, the influence on politics of Germany's automobile industry and her attempts to win back voters on the right.

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 18:08:00 +0200

Germans on the Eve of the Election: 'I've Never Seen So Much Hate'
Psychologist Stephan Grünewald has spent much of his career studying Germans. In a new study, he looked at current political attitudes and discovered raw emotions ahead of the upcoming election.

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 18:07:00 +0200

Left Behind: Tougher German Rules Leave Refugee Families in the Lurch
When German Chancellor Angela Merkel allowed hundreds of thousands of men into the country, many of the refugees believed they would be able to bring their families later. Now the rules have changed, and countless women and children are trapped in perilous situations.

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 18:46:18 +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.