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Beethoven's 9th Symphony and The Ode to Joy
The European Union's Anthem 'The Ode to Joy' is Beethoven's emotive and idealistic choral finale from the 4th movement of his 9th symphony. First performances were thought revolutionary, but now it is heard in everything from Die Hard and Japanese New Year celebrations to Olympic openings.

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.

Birthdays in Germany
Don't whatever you do wish a German Geburtstagkind, Birthday Child, Happy Birthday until the actual day. One minute after midnight yes, but not a second before. While someone celebrating their 90th needs a very large cake, perhaps even a fire extinguisher. Why? It's "Birthdays" the German way.

Black Elderberry Syrup Recipe
Elderberry syrup is an "all rounder". Fun to forage, harvest and easily made in the fall it is a great 'mixer' for summer and winter drinks, delicious with savory and sweet dishes, and in Germany a popular natural remedy for all types of ailments.

Caramelized Apples and 'Kaiserschmarrn' Recipe
Chopped pancakes with fruit for Breakfast, Lunch or Dessert, at Oktoberfest or in a bar, might not be what Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria's chef had in mind when he devised what is now known as 'Kaiserschmarrn', but a century later it is a favorite throughout Bavaria and Austria.

Carnival in Cologne, Women's Thursday
Carnival in Germany began with masked Teutons creating noise and turmoil to frighten away evil spirits of winter. Now Thursday before Ash Wednesday is Weiberfastnacht in the Rhineland, and no necktie is safe from the jumbo scissors of "Wieber" - women, who take over City Halls and cause chaos.

Carnival in Germany
Karneval, Germany's Mardi Gras, in Carnival regions with different names and traditions. Crazy, zany, "Kuesschen, Kater und Krapfen", "The Fifth and Foolish Season" takes over city streets. Although it's not enjoyed by everyone, Karnevalsmuffel - Carnival Grouchers - head for the hills.

Caroline Herschel German-British Astronomer
Caroline Herschel, sister of William Herschel and pioneer in her own right, cataloged stars, nebula, and was the first woman to discover a comet. She was also the first woman astronomer to earn a salary, acquire honors, and be accepted into scientific organizations usually open only to men.

Castle Road, Germany
There are over 5,000 castles in Germany, and many of them are on the Castle Road. 745 miles of stunning landscapes, valleys, forests and rivers, filled with legacies of the past, medieval towns and villages and castles, castles and more castles.

Celebrating New Year in Germany
A New Years Eve in Germany. There are traditions old, new, some based on customs from the pagan past and they are all designed to ensure the coming year will have the best chance possible of becoming a vintage one. So here's how a German "Silvester" is celebrated.

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