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Escape from GDR / Flucht aus der DDR- The History of the Berlin Wall

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On October 3rd  2015, Germany celebrated the 25th Anniversary of Re-Unification. For too many years East and West were divided by a Wall that surrounded East Berlin. The Wall separated families and friends, and kept people essentially locked up. Granted, not everyone hated being in the East, but many wanted to escape what they considered […]

Who are those Cartoon Men on German TV? The Mainzelmännchen!!!

The Elves of Cologne -The story of the Helpful little Heinzelmännchen of Köln

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  Once upon a time, so the legend goes, the city of Cologne was helped along by a little race of creatures called Heinzelmännchen. It began simply enough… when the humans went to bed, the Heinzelmännchen came along and finished up all the work that had been left undone. The Elves of Cologne The Heinzelmännchen (The […]

The Shortest History of Germany – A Book Review

Spoonfuls of Germany Cookbook Review- German Cooking in an American Kitchen

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Spoonfuls of Germany: German Regional Cuisine: Expanded Edition To me, the title of Nadia Hassani’s cookbook, “Spoonfuls of Germany”, has two meanings. When I think of food that you eat with a spoon, I imagine comfort foods, foods your mother or Oma would make to nourish you with love; foods that fill you up and […]

The Shortest History of Germany – A Book Review

Tearing the Silence; On Being German in America by Ursula Hegi

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Tearing the Silence: On Being German in America Tearing the Silence –On Being German in America”, by Ursula Hegi, is not for everyone. I know from my family how difficult the subject of War is for Germans. The book is at times very personal, and often painful. Germans don’t generally do personal (at least, not […]

The Shortest History of Germany – A Book Review

Richard Scarry Dictionary- My Best Word Book Mein Allerschoenstes Wörterbuch

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I still have my old beat up copy of Mein Allerschoenstes Woerterbuch by Richard Scarry (My Best Word Book). This Richard Scarry Dictionary has seen some loving in its time. Now, it’s hard to get excited about a dictionary. Most of them are thick, filled with lots of words that I can’t spell, so it’s […]

The Shortest History of Germany – A Book Review

German Christmas Baking Recipes: Traditional Recipes Made Easy by Christian Teubner

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Christmas Baking: Traditional Recipes Made Easy Christian Teubner has written a number of German Cookbooks, but “Christmas Baking” is one that I reach for all the time. Originally titled “Weinachtsbaekerei”, it covers all of the traditional German Christmas Cookie Recipes, and even a few cakes and breads. It’s a little book, but it is LOADED […]

The Shortest History of Germany – A Book Review

The Original Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm: The Complete First Edition- It’s not all Sweetness and Light

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The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm: The Complete First Edition Boy did Disney get it wrong! The Original fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm, were not about sweetness and light, they were dark and bloody stories meant to frighten or teach.  When the brothers compiled their first edition, the stories were […]

The Shortest History of Germany – A Book Review