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Germany Acts to Tame Facebook, Learning From Its Own History of Hate
A country taps its past as it leads the way on one of the most pressing issues facing modern democracies: how to regulate the world’s biggest social network.

Sat, 19 May 2018 15:06:24 GMT


The Moral Rot That Threatens America
There is only one core task for everyone in Trump’s United States: Keeping the Republic, despite him.

Fri, 18 May 2018 09:45:05 GMT


Berlin Museum Returns Artifacts to Indigenous People of Alaska
Objects taken in the 19th century were returned at a news conference on Wednesday.

Wed, 16 May 2018 19:15:17 GMT


An American Diplomat in Europe
Richard Grenell steps on a few toes to press for a better deal with Iran.

Sat, 12 May 2018 01:06:20 GMT


Iran Rallies Against U.S. and Warns Europe Over Endangered Nuclear Deal
Anti-American protests across Iran were punctuated by warnings from hard-line clerics that no foreigners could be trusted.

Fri, 11 May 2018 19:18:20 GMT


Jewish Rapper Takes On Germany’s Hip-Hop Scene
Sun Diego, also known as SpongeBOZZ, proclaims his heritage in videos with flame-shooting menorahs and neon stars of David.

Fri, 11 May 2018 12:41:58 GMT


Spain Tries to Foil Re-election of Catalonia’s Fugitive Separatist Leader
The government asked the Constitutional Court to invalidate a Catalan law allowing Carles Puigdemont to be voted into office in absentia.

Wed, 09 May 2018 22:05:05 GMT


Germany’s Secret Labor Experiment
Behind the scenes, the country is trying to integrate hundreds of thousands of refugees into its work force.

Wed, 09 May 2018 15:10:43 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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The Great Divide: Is Germany's Special Relationship with Russia Ending?
Germany's new foreign minister has adopted a sharper tone than his predecessors on Russia. There are plenty of reasons to do so, but it is a significant break with tradition. Berlin is casting about for a happy medium. By DER SPIEGEL Staff

Wed, 09 May 2018 09:50:00 +0200


Culture War Over German Identity: Religious Symbols Take Center Stage
The Bavarians want crosses in public buildings, German Jews want to be able to wear kippas in public without being attacked and Muslims would like more understanding for the headscarf. Germany's search for identity has turned religious. By DER SPIEGEL Staff

Thu, 03 May 2018 15:18:26 +0200


Germany and Immigration: The Changing Face of the Country
Many Germans feel foreign in their own country and are afraid that immigration is changing their homeland rapidly. Every fifth person in Germany comes from an immigration background and that number will continue to climb. What does that mean for the country? By DER SPIEGEL Staff

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:24:00 +0200


German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas: 'Syria Is Not Auschwitz'
In a DER SPIEGEL interview, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas discusses Germany's position on Syria, criticizes U.S. President Donald Trump's Twitter diplomacy and calls for a tougher approach to Russia.

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 18:41:18 +0200


Priced Out: Rising Rents Are Putting the Squeeze on Germans
Housing shortages have become a serious issue in many German cities, where there is a shortfall around 2 million affordable apartments. A new study shows that the problem is hitting low-earners hard.

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 17:57:31 +0200


A Death in Berlin: Deafening Silence After Overdose at Berghain
During an around-the-world trip last summer, a couple from California visited Berlin's legendary Berghain techno club. A few hours later, one of them was dead. Even today, no one seems willing to accept responsibility for the tragedy.

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 17:58:00 +0200


Envy and Prejudice in Germany: An Author's Quest to Explain Muslim Anti-Semitism
Israeli author David Ranan spent a year speaking to Muslims in Germany about anti-Semitism, with the goal of understanding prejudices and their root causes. He has transformed his findings into a book that draws surprising conclusions about the extent of the problem.

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 12:35:47 +0200


The Schism: Merkel's Conservatives Divided and Discordant
Chancellor Angela Merkel's contentious relationship with her new interior minister, Horst Seehofer, threatens to overshadow her fourth term in office. The two conservative leaders fundamentally disagree about who their constituents should be.

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 18:06:46 +0100


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
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.