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Fun Facts - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Fun Facts about the Life, Times and Music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Including: six years old when he made his first performance tours, a first symphony at eight, kissed an Empress, an inspired billiards player, spoke 15 languages, and a popular marzipan candy is named after him.
Germany 1946/47, The Hunger Winter
Europe lay in rubble, and the winter of 1946/1947 was the coldest in living memory. Known in Germany as the time of "Weisser Tod", white death, and "Schwarzer Hunger", black hunger, hundreds of thousands died. Weihnachten was different that year, the New Year and Spring held no promises.
The 18th century Dutch Quarter in Potsdam
Just outside Berlin's three remaining city gates, and far from the Netherlands-German border, is a "Dutch Quarter". Das Holländische Viertel, an 18th century settlement of 134 Dutch styled homes, built for artisans from Holland and set among the opulent palaces and parks of Potsdam.
Carnival in Cologne, Women's Thursday
Karneval in Germany began with masked Teutons creating chaos to frighten away evil spirits of winter. Now Thursday before Ash Wednesday is Weiberfastnacht in the Rhineland, where Carnival "Wieber"/women cause turmoil, take over City Halls, and no necktie is safe from their jumbo scissors.
Carnival in Germany
Karneval, Fastnacht, Fasching, a German Mardi Gras. Different regions, different names and traditions as "The Fifth and Foolish Season" takes over city streets with "crazy, zany, Kuesschen, Kater und Krapfen". Not enjoyed by everyone so Karnevalsmuffel, Carnival Grouchers, head for the hills.
German Carnival Jelly Donut 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.
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