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Late in the Game, Russia Steps Up to Covid-19
For once, Vladimir Putin followed in the path of his American counterpart, President Trump, and with similar results — a greater risk of catastrophe that might have been avoided.

Tue, 07 Apr 2020 05:00:07 GMT

Por qué la tasa de mortalidad de Alemania es tan baja
La pandemia ha afectado duramente a Alemania, donde hay más de 100.000 personas infectadas. Pero el porcentaje de fatalidades ha sido notablemente más bajo que el de sus vecinos.

Mon, 06 Apr 2020 18:10:52 GMT

The Rising Heroes of the Coronavirus Era? Nations’ Top Scientists
Scientists in Europe are becoming household names, fulfilling societies’ emotional and practical need for the truth.

Sun, 05 Apr 2020 04:01:11 GMT

Brace Yourself for Waves of Coronavirus Infections
Here’s what we should be expecting in the war on Covid-19.

Sat, 04 Apr 2020 18:37:00 GMT

A German Exception? Why the Country’s Coronavirus Death Rate Is Low
The pandemic has hit Germany hard, with more than 100,000 people infected. But the percentage of fatal cases has been remarkably low compared to those in many neighboring countries.

Sat, 04 Apr 2020 11:22:24 GMT

‘Stress-Free’: Coronavirus Aid Flows Quickly to Berlin’s Self-Employed
Within days, Germany’s capital distributed money to 150,000 artists, shop owners, hairdressers and other small-business owners and freelancers to cover basic expenses.

Fri, 03 Apr 2020 18:57:53 GMT

The Race for a Vaccine
In an era of global connectedness, the quest for a coronavirus shot has revealed the boundaries of international solidarity.

Wed, 01 Apr 2020 09:56:43 GMT

Hellmut Stern, 91, Dies; Violinist Returned to Germany After Fleeing
He joined the Berlin Philharmonic after years in exile, setting what a colleague called “a unique example of reconciliation and forgiveness.”

Tue, 31 Mar 2020 23:56:30 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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Germany Is Failing in its Efforts To Obtain Protective Gear
The German government failed to obtain enough protective masks for the country. That's one of the reasons Germany has so far refused to require its citizen's to wear them in public. But those facial coverings could be critical in lifting restrictions on public life.

Mon, 6 Apr 2020 13:48:51 +0200

Corona Challenge: Germany Reaching the Upper Limit of Testing Capacity
Every day, tens of thousands people in Germany seek to get tested for the novel coronavirus. Often, though, they run up against a lack of testing capacity. And it is likely to only get worse. By DER SPIEGEL Staff

Wed, 1 Apr 2020 12:19:01 +0200

The Price of Life: Novel Coronavirus Is Forcing a Taboo Debate
Some in Germany have the impression that the country can survive a long-term lockdown without suffering any grave consequences. That thinking is dangerous.

Tue, 31 Mar 2020 19:50:35 +0200

What Next?: Attention Slowly Turns to the Mother of All Coronavirus Questions
The fight against the coronavirus has paralyzed society and the economy. Lockdown measures are fine for the short term, but they threaten to rapidly destroy the economy and erode our existing social order. What should the next steps be?

Fri, 27 Mar 2020 20:13:56 +0100

German Ventilator Manufacturer: "Absolutely Mission Impossible"
Drägerwerk is a world leader in the production of ventilators. In an interview, company head Stefan Dräger, 57, discusses the challenges of keeping up with current demand as the corona crisis accelerates.

Fri, 27 Mar 2020 18:30:58 +0100

The Corona Crisis In Retirement Homes: A Threat for Seniors and Caregivers Alike
The gravest threat posed by the coronavirus is that high-risk groups like the elderly and other high-risk groups will get infected by it. The pressure on staffs at nursing homes is growing. Some patient advocates are calling for emergency contingency plans. Are the facilities safe enough for the people living in them?

Thu, 26 Mar 2020 10:33:00 +0100

Germany: Angela Merkel Governs From Home After Negative Test
The German chancellor is staying home after being exposed to a doctor who tested positive for the coronavirus. A first test came back negative, but Merkel will keep governing remotely for the time being. What does Germany's line of succession look like, and who would jump in if Merkel gets sick?

Mon, 23 Mar 2020 21:17:53 +0100

Corona: German Cabinet Agrees to 750 Billion Euros in Emergency Aid Measures
The German cabinet on Monday agreed to an unprecedented aid package to prop up the country's economy as the coronavirus pandemic takes hold. Parliament is set to approve the package later this week.

Mon, 23 Mar 2020 16:07:30 +0100

Coronavirus: Germany Imposes Tougher Restrictions on Public Life
Germany's federal and state governments have agreed to further tighten restrictions on public life. Here's an overview of what's now allowed and what's not.

Mon, 23 Mar 2020 12:48:36 +0100

Germany: The Big Wave of Corona Cases Will Hit Hospitals in 10 to 14 Days
The German health-care system is considered one of the best in the world. But the coronavirus is mercilessly exposing its weaknesses, with some hospitals already facing difficulties. Can Germany prevent the kind of collapse seen in Italy?

Fri, 20 Mar 2020 22:30:39 +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.