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Bavarian Donuts, an Auszogne Recipe
Bavarian Donuts, also known as Auszogne or Kniekuechle, are a Kultgebaeck, a cult baked good, which like many things probably originated in a medieval German monastery. Once something to look forward to during church holidays and festivals they are now enjoyed all year, and are delicious.
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
It is not a good idea to wish any German "Geburtstagkind", Birthday Child, a "Happy Birthday" until the actual day, and 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 in ancient times with masked Teutons creating as much noise as possible to chase away the evil spirits of winter. In Cologne it now begins on 'Weiberfastnacht', when 'Wieber', women, cause chaos and no necktie is safe from their giant size scissors.
Carnival in Germany
Karneval, chaos before Lent, especially in Germany's wine regions. Crazy, zany but not enjoyed by everyone, so "Karnevals-Fluechtige" avoid Carnival areas where strangers embrace, bars make 40 percent of their annual earnings, and "The Fifth and Foolish Season" takes over city streets.
Carnival Jelly Donut Recipe
A festival is not a festival in Germany unless there is some type of favourite food involved, and for Karneval, Germany's Mardi Gras, it is Faschingskrapfen or Berliner, the Carnival Jelly Donut.
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.
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