Germany´s rich, varied and complex history doesn´t only colour its past. In many ways, from architecture, museums and the country´s states to politics and the media, it still touches upon the present.
A Link to a Time of a Divided Germany
The end of WWII brought about a divided Germany. One part had three sections run by the US, Britain and France, the other was ruled by the Soviet Union.
Then a wall was built.
A Link to Historic Germany
The ages of Germany, with evidence of its time from pre-history, as part of the Roman Empire, the Medieval Era and up until contemporary history, are showcased by routes, museums, entities and regions.
A Link to Historical Traditions and Customs
There is a strong sense of continuity in Germany, and many of the traditions still followed today, from Passion Plays and May Day to Midsummer Madness and Garden Gnomes are centuries old.
A Link to WWII - Before, During and After
World War Two not only involved six years of fighting. People, places and events were involved and affected post and pre-war.
German American Heritage
German immigrants to the USA made a huge contribution to its culture, economy and technology. From introducing Santa Claus, founding breweries, popularizing ketchup, producing Presidents to establishing banking, industrial and philanthropic dynasties and designing the Brooklyn Bridge.
German Gummi Bears, the Cult Candy
Gummy Bears began life as Fruit Gummi Dancing Bears, in a small German confectionery company in the early 20th century. Their form based on dancing bears and a Teddy Bear. Today as a cult candy, not only for children but also "grown-ups", they are used for couture dresses, party "Hedgehogs" and Vodka cocktails.
Germany and its Turkish German Communities
There was no history of immigration in Germany when the first Turkish ‘guest workers’ arrived, cheap labor to fuel the country’s ‘Economic Miracle’. Not expected to stay, fifty years later Turkish Germans have powered German industry, settled in its cities and their influence is everywhere.
Germany, its Neighbours and a New Image
From its central position at the heart of today’s European Union Germany lives in peace and harmony with its neighbours, however this was not always the case.
What image does modern Germany have in the eyes of its neighbours? A cross section of Europeans from eighteen countries were asked, with interesting results.
Hitlerland: American Eyewitnesses to the Nazi Rise to Power
A fascinating insight to the pre-World War II days of Nazi Germany from the viewpoint of well known American journalists, diplomats and socialites who lived in, or visited, the country at the time.
Munich Olympics 1972, From Dream to Terror
The home of Munich's 1972 Summer Olympic Games, the Olympic Park. A revolutionary, pioneering design, its sweeping acrylic glass canopies symbolized a new democratic, transparent and optimistic Germany, their shape a panoramic view of the Bavarian Alps. But the dream was broken.
Stolpersteine, Stones of Remembrance
Stolpersteine, Stumbling stones, are a memorial built one stone at a time. Small 'memory' blocks embedded in sidewalks in front of homes where victims of Nazism last lived freely, simple memorials bearing their names and documenting their lives with the barest of details.
The Birth of the Modern Car
Mercedes Benz began as a dream. Bertha Benz believed in her husband Carl and his vision of a Horseless Carriage. When he wanted to give up his dream she made the first ever long distance journey with an internal combustion engine powered vehicle, from a love story the modern automobile was born.
The Brothers Grimm
Once upon a time there were two very dissimilar brothers, whose combined talents produced European folk and fairy tales which were anything but sweet and gentle bedtime stories. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
The Day of German Unity
The Day of German Unity, "Tag der Deutsche Einheit", is an annual celebration held on October 3rd, commemorating the day in 1990 when the German Democratic Republic, East Germany, officially became part of the Federal Republic of Germany. After 40 years of communism and Soviet rule.
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Perhaps because German Americans stem from a mixed community that settled in the USA over a wide span of time, they assimilated quickly into their new homeland, and using their skills, discipline and different talents, household names or unknown, they had an enormous influence on American society.
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