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Elon Musk Announces Tesla Factory for Berlin
Mr. Musk, Tesla’s chairman, said the electric carmaker would build its first European factory near the German capital.

Wed, 13 Nov 2019 10:21:46 GMT

European Insurers Are Lured to Risk in a Subzero Interest Rate World
Usually the most strait-laced of investors, insurance companies are letting loose to gain some income, drawing the attention of regulators.

Wed, 13 Nov 2019 10:00:18 GMT

Tampons to Be Taxed as Essential, Not Luxury, Items in Germany
Starting Jan. 1, menstrual products will be considered “necessary” items, as bread, books and cut flowers are.

Tue, 12 Nov 2019 16:33:24 GMT

Lesson of the Day: ‘Germany Has Been Unified for 30 Years. Its Identity Still Is Not.’
In this lesson, students learn how historical, political and social changes in Germany since the fall of the Berlin Wall have shaped the sense of identity of today’s citizens, immigrants and expatriates.

Tue, 12 Nov 2019 09:00:02 GMT

Trump May Punt on Auto Tariffs as European Carmakers Propose Plan
Carmakers have quietly promised big investments in their American factories in hopes of avoiding the tariffs as a Wednesday deadline for the president to make a decision approaches.

Mon, 11 Nov 2019 22:16:09 GMT

The Fall of the Berlin Wall in Photos: An Accident of History That Changed The World
The Communist regime was prepared for everything “except candles and prayers.” East Germany’s peaceful 1989 revolution showed that societies that don’t reform, die.

Sat, 09 Nov 2019 08:00:31 GMT

After the Fall: Looking Back on Berlin 30 Years Later
A correspondent recalls the chaotic and joyous days after the Berlin Wall came down.

Sat, 09 Nov 2019 01:04:38 GMT

Watch Reagan’s 1987 ‘Tear Down This Wall’ Speech
In June 1987, President Ronald Reagan spoke at Berlin’s iconic Brandenburg Gate in view of the Berlin Wall, and delivered a message to Mikhail S. Gorbachev, the Soviet leader at the time.

Fri, 08 Nov 2019 23:00:00 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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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 18:07:18 +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 Hohenzolllerns. In an interview, he comments on the controversy that has unfolded around the legal altercation.

Sat, 26 Oct 2019 11:51:00 +0200

The Mobility Revolution: Urban Planners Herald End of Cars in Cities
With bad air, clogged streets and packed trains, Germany's major cities are suffocating on their own attractiveness. Now, thousands of e-scooters are also crowding bike lines. Long known as a car paradise, the country is experiencing a revolution. Is anyone noticing? By DER SPIEGEL Staff

Thu, 24 Oct 2019 18:10:13 +0200

'We Are Doing What We Can': German Domestic Intellience Chief on the New Wave of Hate
In an interview, Thomas Haldenwang, the president of Germany's domestic intelligence agency, discusses the new threat of extremism in the wake of the Halle attack and his agency's need for greater authority in the monitoring of such threats.

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 10:35:00 +0200

Blind Spot: German Politicians Grapple with Tracking Extremists
Following the attempted mass murder at a synagogue in Halle, political parties in Germany are debating what action can be taken to prevent radicalization on the internet. Some politicians say surveillance is the answer. By DER SPIEGEL Staff

Tue, 22 Oct 2019 16:44:43 +0200

Refugee Success Stories: Finding a New Life in Germany
Since the mass influx of refugees to Germany in 2015, one-third have found jobs in the country. We profile four success stories that show just how far some asylum-seekers can get in the country if they remain persistent.

Thu, 17 Oct 2019 16:47:38 +0200

Fridays for Horsepower: The German Motorists Who Oppose Greta Thunberg
Motorists in Germany are banding together to oppose climate activists' calls to limit the use of cars. Politicians are taking them seriously because, unlike the Fridays for Future movement and its leader Greta Thunberg, most members of the Fridays for Horsepower group can vote. By SPIEGEL Staff

Tue, 15 Oct 2019 14:56:00 +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.