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The Berlin Diaries, 1940-1945, Book Review
Life, revolutions and war changed Marie (Missie) Vassiltchikov’s predestined comfortable and privileged future, from that of a beautiful, spirited "White Russian" princess in Tsarist Russia to an aristocratic, but penniless, refugee wandering Europe. Ending in Berlin during WWII.

Green Germany, and a Non Nuclear Future
German nuclear power plants were to have all been phased out by 2021, but the situation changed and not all Germans were in agreement. However a nuclear reactor accident in Japan not only restored the status quo, the date for phasing out nuclear power was moved forward.

Germany's Radioactive Wild Boar
Radio active wild boars in Baden Wurttemburg and Bavaria, together with an overall population boom within wild boar families, thanks to the Chernobyl meltdown of 1986 there is another side to some of the residents of Germany's beautiful forests.

Ostalgie and Nostalgic East German Recipes
In the days of a communist East Germany meals were planned around what was available that day. Queues were long and legendary and a banana was to be seen on television but not in a shop. Appetizing and healthy food was served nevertheless, and here are some favorite recipes from the time.

Oktoberfest in Munich
A huge country fair, and the world's largest "Volksfest", it began as a horse race honoring a royal wedding. Over 200 years later the Oktoberfest has moved with the times, but is still an annual festival of Bavarian exuberance, draft beer, beer garden food and tradition.

Germany's Romantic Road
It's a spectacular journey passing through stunning contrasting scenery and historic medieval towns into a world of the past. Germany’s Romantische Strasse, the Romantic Road, a theme route that showcases southern German culture from food and wine to art and architecture. And of course history.

Schultueten and the First Day of School
The first day of school is a milestone in the lives of first graders in Germany. Parents and grandparents accompany the new pupil to school and, after welcoming speeches, songs, "photo calls" and with a "Schultuete", School Cone, held tightly, it is time for school life to begin.

LEO German English Online Dictionary
You need a German English Dictionary “right now” but there isn’t one around, or perhaps you would like an resource for future reference. LEO Deutsch-Englisch Online Wörtenbuch offers that and much more, including a great many interesting, and informative, “Germany and German life” links to explore.

Rabbit A La Berlin, Film Review
With an original title of Mauerhase - A Hare That Lives by a Wall, this Oscar nominated movie uses the viewpoint of Berlin's death zone rabbits as a parable for the lives of many East German and USSR citizens, giving a different perspective on socialism, the fall of the wall and end of communism.

Germany's Last Love Parade
Its beginnings were in the still divided Berlin of 1989, a small demonstration for peace and understanding through music, and it became one of the world's most popular musical festivals. The Duisburg Love Parade in 2010 ended with 21 deaths and over 500 injured, and was the last.

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