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Cheese Hedgehog, a Party Snack Recipe
Kaeseigel, the Cheese Hedgehog, a "Retro" party snack from Germany. Enjoying a popular and widespread renaissance it was the ultimate cold buffet food during the 1960's and 1970's, and is now just as likely to be found accompanying a summer BBQ as a snack during winter months.

International Children's Day in Germany
Germany celebrates two "Children's Days". June 1 is International "Kindertag" with presents as well as tradition, while "World Children's Day" is in September. Both holidays with real purpose and goals, but divided into 'East' and 'West', just as they were before Germany's reunification.

Germany's Garden Colonies, Schrebergarten
Gardening is something of a passion in Germany, and the 'garden' often a balcony container or a 'Schrebergarten'. These are small plots on a city's edge or in its center surrounded by asphalt and exhaust fumes, perhaps alongside rail tracks. The pride and joy of millions of city-dwellers.

German Drinks, Elderflower Syrup Recipe
Spring means it's time to make 'Elderflower Cordial', also known as Elderflower Syrup, from elder shrubs found in the wild almost everywhere in Germany. It's fragrant, refreshing, easy to make, and used for everything from a topping for ice cream to a 'cure' for arthritis.

Germany's Tree Lined 'Avenues Route'
It began over 250 years ago as trees planted to help travelers find their way, Germany's Avenues Route, the tree lined Deutsche Alleenstrasse. A journey through nature and history down shaded tunnels formed by ancient trees, witnesses to travelers from oxen carts to the present day.

Hitlerland - American Eyewitnesses - A Review
Hitlerland - American Eyewitnesses to the Nazi Rise to Power, by former Newsweek staffer Andrew Nagorski, is an insight on 'interwar' life in Germany, from the view point of American journalists and socialites who lived there. Many were initially impressed when the Nazis took over.

Strammer Max, Germany's 'Anytime' Sandwich
Strammer Max has been one of Germany's most popular 'anytime' meals for generations. Delicious and simple to put together it's an open faced sandwich combination with regional variations, but always including an egg. Here are the recipes and all of them are worth trying.

Berthold Beitz, Humanitarian and Philanthropist
One of Israel's Righteous Among the Nations, German Industrialist Berthold Beitz saved the lives of hundreds of Jewish adults and children during the Holocaust, and was a main contributor in the rebuilding of Germany's post-war reputation.

Lev Z. Kopelev Honorary German citizen
Russian Author Lev Kopelev - Made an honorary German citizen after the revoking of his Soviet citizenship, due to his human rights and dissident activities, spent the remainder of his life in Germany where 'The Lev Kopelev Prize for Peace and Justice' has been awarded annually since his death.

Asparagus Recipes, Specialties for 'Spargelzeit'
Asparagus with Orange and Lime Hollandaise Sauce and Schwabian Asparagus Soup with Pancake. Two delicious German recipes for Spargelzeit, Germany's White Asparagus Season.

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