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Germany's Cult Beach Chair, the Strandkorb
The "Strandkorb" is often compared to a wicker wash basket, but it's a chair designed for an aristocrat with rheumatism, who did not want to give up her beach holidays in the windy north. After sheltering Germany's beach goers from wind, rain and sun for generations, it now has cult status.

Cheese Hedgehog, a Party Snack Recipe
Der Käseigel, a Cheese Hedgehog, the "Retro" party snackc from Germany. The ultimate cold buffet food during the 1960's and 1970's, it's enjoying a popular and widespread renaissance, 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". International "Kindertag" on June 1 has gifts 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
For generations Strammer Max has been one of Germany's most popular "anytime" meals. Quick, easy and delicious it's an open faced sandwich combination that has regional variations, but always includes an egg, so here are some recipes and all 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.

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