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The Bird's Wedding, Vogelhochzeit - SorbTradition
An ancient January tradition in the Sorbian Lusatia region of eastern Germany. Children in traditional Sorbian costumes are the 'Bridal Couple', and the bride is a Magpie, her groom a Raven, the guests often different 'birds'. It's the 'Bird's Wedding', Vogelhochzeit.

The Birth of the Modern Car
Mercedes Benz began as a dream. Bertha Benz believed in her husband Carl and his vision of a Horseless Carriage. When he wanted to give up his dream she made the first ever long distance journey with an internal combustion engine powered vehicle, from a love story the modern automobile was born.

The Brothers Grimm
Once upon a time there were two very dissimilar brothers, whose combined talents produced European folk and fairy tales which were anything but sweet and gentle bedtime stories. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm

The Day of German Unity
German Unity Day, "Tag der Deutsche Einheit", an annual celebration held on October 3, commemorating the day in 1990 when the German Democratic Republic, East Germany, officially became part of the Federal Republic of Germany. After 40 years, 1949 - 1989, as a separate, and second, Germany.

The Dutch Quarter, Potsdam, Germany
Just outside Germany's capital Berlin, and far away from the Netherlands-German border, there is a 'Dutch Quarter'. Since the 18th Century a settlement of 134 simple Dutch styled homes, built for artisans from Holland, has been set amongst the opulent palaces and parks of Potsdam.

The German American Experience
Perhaps because German Americans stem from a mixed community that settled in the USA over a wide span of time, they assimilated quickly into their new homeland, and using their skills, discipline and different talents, household names or unknown, they had an enormous influence on American society.

The Rhine River In Flames Festival
Rhein in Flammen is a unique and spectacular annual 'Fire, Water, Light and Culture Festival'. It begins in May, takes place on five spring, summer and autumn days along a beautiful, historic stretch of Germany's Rhine River, and each of the displays has a different theme.

Three Kings Day in Germany, Epiphany
January 5 is Twelfth Night and it is followed by "Dreikoenigstag", Three Kings Day. Epiphany. In Germany the final hours of the Advent and Weihnachten season, and end to Christmas celebrations, are a mixture of Tradition, Charity and Religious customs.

Traditional Christmas Cookie Recipes
Baking Weihnachts Plaetzchen is another of Germany’s centuries old traditional Christmas customs. Holiday cookie recipes vary from region to region and family to family, but during Advent, even amongst those who do not follow the Christian faith, few homes will be without their Weihnachtskekse.

Truemmerfrauen, Germany's Post War Heroines
The foundations for a "New Germany" were laid by its "Truemmerfrauen", Rubble Women. Aged from 15 to 50 and often half starved, they were post war Germany's heroines. With bare hands, and hard work, they cleared the rubble from the streets and buildings of their war torn cities.

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