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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.

Bird's Wedding, Children's Tradition in Sorbia
The unique "Bird's Wedding" is a January tradition for young children in Sorbian Lusatia, eastern Germany. Dressed in miniature wedding costumes, the bride is a Magpie, her groom a Raven; or bride a Thrush and groom a Blackbird, and everyone, from guests to chaplain, are colorful "Birds".

Birthdays in Germany, the Do's and Don'ts
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.

Carnival in Cologne, Women's Thursday
Carnival in Germany began with the masked Teutons who created chaos to frighten away winter's evil spirits. Now the Thursday before Ash Wednesday is Weiberfastnacht in Rhineland, when Karneval Wieber (women) cause havoc, take over City Halls and leave no necktie safe from their jumbo scissors.

Carnival Jelly Donut, a Faschingskrapfen Recipe
A festival is not a festival in Germany unless traditional food is involved, and for Karneval, "Mardi Gras", it is Faschingskrapfen, the Carnival Jelly Donut. Here is its story and recipe for those Berliner, Pfannkuchen, Fastnachtskrapfen - same thing, different names depending on the region.

Carnival...Karneval, Fasching and Fastnacht
Karneval, Fastnacht, Fasching, Germany's Mardi Gras. Different regions, different names and traditions as "The Fifth and Foolish Season" takes over city streets with "Crazy, Zany, Küsschen, Kater und Krapfen". Not enjoyed by everyone so Karnevalsmuffel, Carnival Grouchers, head for the hills.

Caroline Herschel – German Astronomer
Caroline Herschel, a Cinderella who became a pioneering astronomer. Sister of astronomer William Herschel she cataloged stars and nebula, was the first woman to discover a comet, first woman astronomer to earn a salary and be awarded honors.

Castle Road, Germany
There are more than 5,000 castles in Germany, and many of them are part of 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's Eve in Germany
German New Year's Traditions can be old, new, some are based on customs from a pagan past, but all are designed to ensure the coming year will have the best chance possible of becoming a vintage one. Known as "Silvester", here is how a New Year is celebrated in Germany.

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