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Trümmerfrauen, Germany's Post War Heroines
The foundations for a "New Germany" were laid by its "Trümmerfrauen", Rubble Women. Aged from 15 to 50 and often hungry, 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.

Vanilla Sauce, a German Recipe
Vanilla Sauce flavored with vanilla beans or extract is a favorite all over Europe. Sometimes known as "Crème Anglais" it is served warm or cold, and used to accompany everything from fruit to cakes as well as a base or filling for all types of desserts baked goods.

Volkstrauertag, Remembrance Day in Germany
November's Volkstrauertag in Germany commemorates all who died, or were left to mourn, as victims of violence brought about by combat or oppression. Military and civilian, of all nationalities. From Europe's old battlefields to the armed conflicts and struggles in our present-day world.

Walpurgisnacht, Maibaum and May Day in Germany
It is "Dance into May", Tanz in den Mai", in many of Germany's regions. The fun and games begin with Walpurgisnacht, late on April 30 when "Witches" join the festivities. Maypoles, ancient traditions and dancing deep into the first night of May then welcome Spring.

Weckmann, A Bread Man Recipe
St. Martin's Day and St. Nicholas in German speaking countries would not be complete without a "Stutenkerl", "Nikolaus" or "Weckmann". Same "Bread Man", different name depending on the region. A traditional sweet yeast dough holiday specialty, here is its "story" and a recipe.

White Asparagus Season in Germany
Spargelzeit, springtime's "White Asparagus". A "Madness" sweeps through Germany during the brief season of this first symbol of spring, beginning around mid-April until June 24, feast day of St. John the Baptist.

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