A Mysterious Donor Leaves Money All Over the German Town of Braunschweig

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Among the many stereotypes people have formed about Germans, being overly generous with their money is definitely not one of them.  So many find it strange to hear that in the German town of Braunschweig, an anonymous donor is leaving envelopes filled with money on people’s doorsteps.  This strange occurrence has been ongoing since November of last year and has reached at least 18 different beneficiaries including soup kitchens and the Natural History Museum.  With some donations reaching €10,000 who can complain?

CNN did a short report on this incident and spoke with various recipients of the mysterious cash.  The Braunschweig Hospice’s Michael Knobel hoped that he would find an envelope at his doorstep one day and sure enough one appeared.  He told the CNN reporter that his theory on the occurrence is that the donor may be “someone at the end of his life and wants to distribute his money because he doesn’t have a family, or doesn’t like his family… or just someone who wants to do good, and we’re almost not used to that.”

You can watch the entire report in the video embedded below:


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Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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