Paradise of Memories

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My 85-year-old grandfather recently published an article* about “home”, in particular his first home in what is now known as the Czech Republic. He was born in 1927 in Sudeten Germany, and grew up in the town of Großmergthal. He was drafted and sent to war to fight for Hitler’s …

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Flushing Away The American Standard

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There it goes: valuable, precious and vital Water. Every man’s visit to the bathroom uses one gallon per flush, and almost four liters. I saw this fact imprinted on the American Standard urinals while in Las Vegas in 2007.  Las Vegas, the artificial city in the middle of nowhere, is …

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Germans and Their Well Deserved Vacation

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America is the land of entrepreneurs and hard-working business people. “Rags to riches” is the American way, after all. Stories of companies that started their success with nothing but know-how and a great amount of puritan work ethic are pervasive both inside and outside of the United States and the …

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Attention! My Time As a Soldier in the German Army

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It was a warm Indian summer day when I said good-bye to both my girlfriend and denim. October 1, 2002 marks my first day as a soldier in the German Army. Germany has conscription for all young male citizens and that first day in October was the day that the …

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Tatort – A Notably German TV Series

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Do you already know where you will be next Sunday? Well, I do. My wife and I, while traveling to Germany for the holidays, were watching Germany’s long-running TV Series “Tatort” on a screen in a “Tatort” fan bar where watchers can vividly investigate the cases with like-minded people over …

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The Traditions of Celebrating Silvester in Germany

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When the clock strikes midnight on December 31 of each year, people in both, the United States and Germany toast to the New Year with a glass of champagne. Is that the only thing both countries have in common on New Year’s Eve? We shall see: German-speaking countries call the …

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The Döner: Germany’s Meal On-the-Go

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The döner has become Germany’s typical choice for fast food. One can find a “Dönerbude” (equivalent to Hot Dog stand) in nearly every city in Germany. This delicious and nutritious meal is inexpensive and fills you up. Erfurt, Germany at Midnight: An unmistakable smell leads us to my favorite Turkish …

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Das Nachwuchsdilemma

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Die Geburtenrate in den USA ist höher als in anderen Europäischen Laendern. Bezahlten Mutterschutz  gibt es in den Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika nicht – zumindest keinen gesetzlich vorgeschriebenen. Viele Mütter müssen kurz nach der Geburt ihres Kindes sofort wieder an den Arbeitsplatz. Nur warum haben die US-Amerikaner im Mittel mehr …

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The Baby Dilemma

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The birth rate in the United States is higher than in many European countries. Paid maternity leave is not guaranteed by US law and unlike other countries, the government generally does not support families just because they have children. Many mothers have to go back to work shortly after they …

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Die Schuleinfuehrung

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Ein Fest für Kinder, Eltern, Verwandte und Zahnärzte. Eltern, Großeltern, Tanten und Onkels. Alle kommen Sie um diesen speziellen Tag mit dem jüngsten ABC-Schützen aus der Familie zu feiern. Für den Schützling ist es der erste wichtige Schritt auf dem Weg zum erwachsen werden. Das deutsche Schulsystem übernimmt einen Teil …

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