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Friday the 13th »

Many people in Germany and in the world believe in the good or bad luck of Friday the 13th. Friday has been considered an unlucky day at least since the 14th century’s “The Canterbury Tales,” and many other professions have regarded Friday as an unlucky day to undertake journeys or begin new projects. Black Friday […]

The Reunification Day on October 3 »

Hey! I am Saskia from Germany and I am the German Assistant for the Year 09/10. I was studying English and German for the last 4 Years in Münster. I just finished my Bachelors degree. I like so far being here and I am looking forward to meeting you all.

Germany and the arts »

I find it very difficult to choose just one German book and film, because of the outstanding output in the arts – especially literature and philosophy – of the Volk der Dichter und Denker. To attempt simplicity, I will list the last two remarkable works I have come across.

Sustainability in Germany »

Germany prides itself of being a green country and claims international pioneer positions in environmental policy. A key element of the Red-Green coalition (Social Democrats and the Green Party), major changes have been brought about with the help of vice chancellor and foreign minister Joschka Fischer between 1998 and 2005, especially with regard to the […]

Christmas in Germany »

Since the majority of all followers of religious belief in Germany are Christian, Christmas is a pretty big deal. In most of the households I know, however, it is a relatively secular holiday and predominantly an incentive for everyone to travel home and spend time with their families. As in other European countries, most people […]

Germany loves Obama »

As almost everywhere on the planet, this year’s US presidential election was a gigantic media spectacle in Germany. As in the US, German euphoria reached the dimensions of an international sports event.

Halloween in Germany »

Halloween wasn’t popular in Germany until the early 90s. These days, however, shop windows are filled with plastic merchandise many weeks before. Carving pumpkins has become more and more popular, but Halloween is not an official German holiday.

Germans scared about their money in Iceland »

Germans scared about their money in Iceland According to WELT ONLINE, over 30,000 Germans are currently scared about money they have in accounts with Iceland’s largest bank Kaupthing Edge, after they were unable to access their accounts via online banking.

Hi everyone! »

My name is Indira and I recently joined this blog. I graduated from Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen in March 2008 and I am the current German Teaching Assistant at Willamette University.

Nobel Prize in Physics »

Hi, Caroline and I wanted to introduce this article about Peter Grünberg and Albert Fert, German and French physicists, who both just won the Nobel Prize in Physics last week.If you want to know more about their amazing work, go take a look at this article. You’ll be surprised to see how much use we […]

German Women’s Soccer Team – World Champion 2007 »

Congratulations to Germany’s Women’s soccer team!!! On Sunday they won the World Cup 2007. Well done!!! It is very exciting for me because soccer is big in Germany – very big. It is also exciting because usually it is all about men’s soccer. I remember that in 2003 when the women’s team won the World […]

Caroline from Munich, Germany »

My name is Caroline and I am the German Assistant at Willamette University. I am from Munich which is in the south of Germany. Last year I was freshman at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich. My major is Art History and my minors are Business Administration and Communications. I chose this combination because I want to work […]

Germany… the moon is waiting for you! »

Fritz Lang was dreaming about it…he was the director of one of the most famous movies ever, “Frau im Mond” (“Women in the Moon”) from 1929. German rocket pioneers and scientists like Wernher von Braun helped the Americans after World War II to develop the NASA space program. So there was always a passion for […]

And the Oscar goes to… Germany… for “The Lives of Others (= Das Leben der Anderen)” »

Let us start this year with German culture. Yes, we did it again. After “The Tin Drum (= Die Blechtrommel)” from 1979 and “Nowhere in Africa (= Nirgendwo in Afrika)” from 2002, “The Lives of Others (= Das Leben der Anderen) is the third movie from Germany (Category: Best Foreign Language Film) which won the […]

„Servus“ and Hello again from good, old Bavaria and Germany! »

I am Markus (26 years old) from Munich, Bavaria, Germany. I am the German Language Assistant 2006/2007 at Willamette University. In Munich I am studying Publishing (Major / Master), Business Economics and Political Science (both Minors) at the LMU (Munich University).

Saving St. Nicholas from Santa Claus – it is a different tradition! »

On December 6th, we are celebrating “St. Nicholas’ Day” in many parts of Europe. This day is very popular in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Belgium, where especially the children are expecting this day, because St. Nicholas brings candy and small presents before Christmas!

US Channel “Comedy Central“ in Germany – Will „the Krauts“ laugh? »

The very popular US TV Channel “Comedy Central” is coming to good old Germany. SPIEGEL ONLINE’s “English Site” published this nice news on November, 17th. For a Comedy fan like me that’s “good news”! Many people abroad think that Germans don’t have a sense of humor. But that’s not true. I think my students can […]

Germans in the Poorhouse – and an interesting selection of German newspapers’ comments »

Last week a report about poverty in Germany was released. This report started a big and important discussion about the “underclass” in Germany, which hasn’t existed yet but now unfortunately exists. Many important newspapers and magazines in Germany were discussing this important society topic.

“Go Out and Kick Their Butts” – a movie about the German World Cup »

Hallo Leute! This is the first article for you from Germany! It is published on one of our most frequented websites in Germany… “SPIEGEL ONLINE”. The article is about a new movie about the German soccer team during the World Cup 2006, were Klinsmann’s team was much better than everybody thought before. Enjoy reading… Markus

Markus – Bavaria (Germany) is calling – „Servus“ and Hello! »

I am Markus, the German Language Assistant 2006-2007 at Willamette University. I come from Munich, Germany. Munich is the capital of Bavaria, a state in the south of Germany, where we have also a special accent of German. So “Servus” is our word to say “Hello”. Perhaps you know Munich because of the world-famous “Oktoberfest”, […]

Those “up-to-no-good” Americans »

Dominik Mauer This week’s news that German agents handed over sensitive documents detailing Saddam Hussein’s defense strategy to the Americans has Berlin in turmoil. And conspiracy theories abound. Is someone trying to tarnish ex-chancellor Gerhard Schrцder’s image? Hardly. Rejecting the Bad: A Muslim Manifesto “Who are the moderate Muslims, and why do they not speak […]

Hamburg’s Heady Days of Rock & Roll »

Dominik Mauer From Fats Domino’s unquenchable thirst to John Lennon’s nude performance with a toilet seat: an amusing book by the founder of Hamburg’s Star Club recalls how the world’s rock stars converged on the northern German port city in the ’60s. Moscow’s Mideast Challenge to America Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia […]

“I Would Die For Israel” »

Dominik Mauer US director Steven Spielberg discusses his controversial new film “Munich,” which deals with the aftermath of the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics. In an interview with DER SPIEGEL he talks about the moral aspects of dealing with terrorism and responds to critics who claim he’s betrayed the Jewish people. Could […]

German Hostage in Iraq »

Cemile Uruk This article describes the first challenge of Germany▓s new Chancellor Angela Merkel. The 43 year old German archaeologist Susanne Osthoff is kidnapped by Iraqi terrorists. The goal of the kidnappers is to force the German government to stop the support for the Iraqi government. Read more! German Muslims issue their responses This article […]

Cemile Uruk »

UFO’s and Germany This article illustrates how rumors can arise about possible UFO’s in Germany because numerous fireballs were seen in the skies. Scientists try to explain this nature behavior as a “bizarre annual meteor blitz”. However Germany is not the first and country which is visited with fireballs; fireballs were sighted also in the […]