Lebkuchen for Chanukah

By Rick Landman on Email

This is the first of several articles about why, as a Jew, I became a dual German American citizen in 2007, why I returned a German Torah back to Munich in 2005, why I created a Jewish contingent for NYC’s Steuben Parade ever since 2010, and why I run German …

Rick Landman
Rick Landman, is a gay son of two refugee Holocaust Survivors who is now a dual German American citizen, and marched in a Jewish contingent in the Steuben German-American Parade for 5 years. As an Attorney Emeritus, Adjunct Professor at New York Law School, Urban Planner, Licensed NYC Tour Guide, and longtime resident of Lower Manhattan, he is available to give NYC Walking Tours and Speaking Engagements on German, Jewish, Holocaust-related or LGBT history, and has a Blog on his website at www.infotrue.com and can be contacted at [email protected]

Action Reconciliation Service for Peace Works Towards Reconciliation For German Jewish Culture

By Amanda Pedersen on Email

ARSP stands for Action Reconciliation Service for Peace. It can, in my opinion, just as well stand for Angels Reaching to Save People. For over 50 years, with a team of loyal partners and volunteers, this organization has been working toward reconciliation and peace. Other goals are to fight against …

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Does the German Church Tax Still Make Sense in 2012?

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Germany’s age old Church tax restrictions were recently challenged in a Leipzig court after a retired church law professor filed a legal case back in 2007.  Hartmut Zapp believed he had the right to continue practicing his Catholic faith by praying and taking Holy Communion despite him not paying the …

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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Geha Versus Pelikan – Show Me Your Fountain Pen and I Tell You Who You Are

By CaliforniaGermans.com on Email

Remember those times? The times when the pen you wrote with in class had an impact on your image and sometimes even determined which group you belonged to? Geha versus Pelikan! Times long past I realized not too long ago. The company Geha doesn’t exist anymore! I recently found out …

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California Germans is a blog for Germans, Austrians, Swiss and everyone else who enjoys being part of the German speaking communities in all of California.

Paradise of Memories

By Matthias Knobloch on Email

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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Fahrschule – The Joy of Being the Mother of a New Teenage Driver

By Corinna Bienger on Email

I love my daughter dearly. She is the “bestest” child ever and I would do anything for her!  No, not that I would, I DO do everything for her. There is nothing she can do to get on my nerves, and there is nothing she ever WOULD do to get …

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Understanding The German-American Generation Gap

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Anyone who has been involved in a German-American club or organization has probably heard the question come up on what can be done to get younger members involved. Some find a way to make it happen but most do not. I’m sure we all have our ideas as to what …

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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Germany’s Radioactive Wild Boar

By Francine McKenna on Email

Casual strolling through Germany’s many beautiful forests is an enjoyable and popular national pastime, normally with sightings of wild boar, deer or some other flora or fauna either nearby, or somewhere in the distance.  However despite looking like furry pigs and being passive by nature except when panicked, in recent …

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Passing Your Abitur… Do You Have What It Takes?

By Corinna Bienger on Email

This is about  high school and the Abitur in Germany; as it is the  main conversation in our house these days. My daughter is in the midst of her final exams for the Abiturzeugnis, the document which contains the student’s grades and enables them to attend university.  The importance of …

Corinna Bienger

Envisioning A Better Tomorrow

By Darlene Fuchs on Email

Working alone has become a common comfort in today’s society. Your children’s social life is on Facebook, you text your friends rather than calling them, you send e-cards rather than writing, and your social events are sent out with a tweet.  Most of todays students, when given the options, would …

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