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Merkel returns two Nolde paintings after exhibition exposes Nazi links - The Times of Israel

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

But research has shown he was a vocal anti-Semite and fervent supporter of the Third Reich. At the exhibition of Nolde’s works which opened Thursday at Berlin’s Hamburger Bahnhof museum, curators Aya Soika and Bernhard Fulda sought to dispel the myths surrounding Nolde’s persona, putting on full display his anti-Jewish views alongside his works. Fulda conceded that he was “slightly surprised” by Merkel’s decision to return the two paintings. “There is a way you can use the complex and difficult and indeed negative German past to say ‘it’s still relevant today, and we’re not just looking the other way’,” he said. Illustrative photo of a press presentation on the occasion of the restitution of the 1929 painting ‘Begonias’ by Emil Nolde in Erfurt, Germany, November 12, 2018. (AP/Jens Meyer) But he acknowledged that such parsing may not be a priority for a leader who is battling global crises on multiple fronts. Writer Florian Illies, in Die Zeit weekly, also said it would been more productive to “give space to the truth, that mean-spirited people can also make high art.” “It is of course uncomfortable. But much more courageous than starting again to remove paintings from the walls.” Thole Rotermund, the treasurer of Germany’s federation of galleries and art traders, told news agency DPA that Merkel should give a clear explanation for her decision. If Nolde is being shunned because of his political views, “then she should no longer be sitting in the first row” at the Bayreuth opera festival which Merkel attends annually and which features the works of notorious anti-Semite Richard Wagner. For Christian Ring, the director of the Seebuell Ada and Emil Nolde Foundation, the debate that has erupted over the artist “is very, very exciting”. “I think it is right that people are talking about it, and that people are analyzing the situation and discussing it. “That’s something I find more important than what’s been removed from the walls or not removed. And that’s what we’re trying to do with this exhibition — we want a discussion, how should we navigate this vis-a-vis our moral compass,” he said. Merkel’s office too, “must develop its own view on what art should be presented in the chancellery,” he said. People look at work of Emil Nolde at an exhibition about the artist at the Hamburger Bahnhof museum in Berlin, Germany, April 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber) One thing was certain though — Merkel’s decision would go down in history as an “anecdote to show how after so many years, … Hitler… still generates so much interest that is difficult to ignore,” predicted Fulda. “And that’s why you get this panicky reaction.” ...https://www.timesofisrael.com/merkel-returns-two-nolde-paintings-after-exhibition-exposes-nazi-links/

Germany's Romantic Road less-travelled - Good Food

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Schneeball), a variation on the doughnut. Look for those with dimpled surfaces created by their liquor content, since these are made in the more authentic traditional manner.Gasthof Goldener Greifen (gasthof-greifen-rothenburg.de) inhabits the house of a medieval m...https://www.goodfood.com.au/travel/germanys-romantic-road-lesstravelled-20190220-h1bj5h

Far-right German politician starts a new party with a logo bearing a secret Nazi symbol - CNN

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Hitler. It was more recently the chosen flower of the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) in Austria before it was dropped as that group's symbol in 2017. And leading FPÖ politician Norbert Hofer -- who is now Austria's minister for transport, innovation and technology -- was seen wearing the flower while campaigning for the presidency in 2016.Poggenburg told the German newspaper Welt that he does not plan to veer far from AfD policy and intends instead to "stay with the successful positioning of the AfD of around two years ago and not go along with the noticeable shift to the left." He has drawn sharp criticism in the past for his controversial comments regarding immigrants in Germany. He resigned from his position as the party's regional chairman of the eastern state of Saxony-Anhalt in 2018 after branding Germany's Turkish population "camel traders" and an "unpatriotic rabble." "These camel drivers should go off to where they belong; far, far beyond the Bosporus to their mud huts and polygamy," he told AfD members.Poggenburg did not immediately respond to CNN requests for comment.Georg Pazderski, the AfD's deputy leader, told CNN that the party is not concerned by Poggenburg's resignation. "This was a consistent step by Mr. Poggenburg. I do not think that Mr. Poggenburg's resignation will hurt the AfD in east Germany, the AfD will be fine. The resignation shows that we are the only truly conservative party left in Germany and that people who do not agree with our conservative course can leave.''AfD spokesman Jörg Hubert Meuthen also welcomed the news. Speaking to the German public radio station Deutschlandfunk, he said Poggenburg's politics did not align with the wider party. "He has said that it is legitimate to be part of the radical right-wing... that is not a position that we have," Meuthen said.Poggenburg has nevertheless accused the AfD of breaking campaign promises. He told Welt that the AfD are "often no longer perceived as a true patriotic alternative and have in this respect severely lost credibility." Poggenburg has also criticized what he sees as the hysteria at the heart of the party over the possibility of being put under police surveillance. Poggenburg's intention to depart the AfD and form his own party was confirmed Thursday when his political ally Egbert Ermer told Spiegel that the "project of forming a political party has today started." He said this would be a "middle German movement," with branches in Brandenburg, Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt. https://edition.cnn.com/2019/01/11/europe/andre-poggenburg-afd-germany-far-right-scli-grm-intl/index.html

Dortmund crush Hannover 5-1 in German Bundesliga - Xinhua | English.news.cn - Xinhua

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Elsewhere, runners-up Borussia Monchengladbach overcame Augsburg on their second-half goals from Oscar Wendt and Patrick Herrmann. Hoffenheim saw off resilient Freiburg 4-2 after Andrej Kramaric provided a brace on the road. Bayer Leverkusen returned to winning ways through goals from Kai Havertz, Kevin Volland and Julian Brandt against Wolfsburg. Quaison's second-half winner secured Mainz a 2-1 win over bottom side Nuremberg and Eintracht Frankfurt shared the spoils with Werder Bremen following a two-all draw. The following fixtures conclude the 19th round on Sunday: Bayern Munich face Stuttgart and Fortuna Dusseldorf encounter Leipzig. http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-01/27/c_137777320.htm

How Can Nazis Be on the March in Germany? - Truthout

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

We will come to power and then we will do what is necessary so that we can live a free life in the future. We tell the Bosporus that the three big Ms — Mohammed, Muezzin and Minerett — are over.” In Bavaria, the AfD is campaigning for “Islam-free schools.” But Islamophobia isn’t isolated to the AfD. The CSU’s Horst Seehöfer stated in February that “Islam does not belong in Germany.” Meanwhile, Thilo Sarrazin, a well-known leader of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), is on a book tour for his Hostile Takeover: How Islam Impairs Progress and Threatens Society. Other Islamophobic initiatives range from Chancellor Merkel’s support for banning the burka to local court battles over religious symbols in schools. A Berlin court upheld the decision to remove a public school teacher for wearing her hijab to school. Now, “feminist” groups want to a href="https://www.welt.de/politik/...https://truthout.org/articles/how-can-nazis-be-on-the-march-in-germany/

The Dandelion Windfall - Canada Free Press

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Guess what: it could turn into a real windfall for you!Dandelion ButterAs you may not know yet, I grew up in the “Land of Happy Cows” (LOHCs), i.e. the western part of southern Bavaria. In spring, the meadows there are a solid yellow with flowering dandelion plants. They are so abundant that the butter and cheese produced from the cows grazing in those fields develop a decidedly yellow color, caused by the chemical known as “beta-carotene.” It’s related to the orange color-producing substance in carrots, hence its name.Believe me, after a long winter of having to live on hay from last year’s harvests, when the season turns to spring and the dandelions are blooming, the cows are really happy then. They take to the solidly dandelion-yellow meadows in force and produce plenty of milk that is the source of the then (once again) yellow butter.For decades, the European Union countries, collectively produced a “butter mountain,” meaning a large excess that could not be consumed there. But this could change soon, when butter turns to rubber (don’t take it literally).But first to Traditional RubberAs you may know, upon injury of the leaves or bark, a variety of plants exude a viscous milky white liquid that tends to polymerize on contact with air into a rubbery blob. Of course, that’s the way much of the world’s natural rubber came into existence and is still an important agricultural product to this day. The plant that has been the source of much of the world’s “latex” that, upon exposure to air, turns into raw rubber, known as kautchuk, or caoutchouc, or India rubber, is the “rubber tree” (Hevea brasiliensis, Euphorbiaceae).Native to South America, the rubber tree was introduced to South and South-East Asia well over one-hundred years ago and that region now produces much of the world’s raw rubber.Now, to Synthetic RubberIn WWII, when the demand for rubber products increased sharply and (Germany’s) access to the natural product became limited, chemists developed the synthetic rubber, then known as Buna rubber. Its basic constituent is the small molecule isoprene that can be polymerized into rubber of excellent properties. In fact, much of today’s car tires and many other rubber products rely on that synthetic material, both for c...https://canadafreepress.com/article/the-dandelion-windfall

A German village goes it alone on climate protection - DW (English)

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

The local grocery store in Grafenaschau looks like most other buildings in the tiny Bavarian village. It has a large pitched roof with broad eaves and is half timber, half stone. The style is as typical as lederhosen, wheat beer and white sausage in this particular part of Germany. "It's Alpine but not 'yodel style.' We didn't want it to be really over-the-top Bavarian," jokes Hubert Mangold, as he heartily greets people on his way into the store. He's diplomatically referring to kitschier houses with brightly painted shutters, where everything's just a bit too much. But it's not just the style of the building that reflects the strong sense of custom and regional identity in the southern German state of Bavaria. Most of the products on offer are from nearby and are produced organically using traditional methods. Dressed casually in denim shorts and a plaid shirt, Mangold, who is the local mayor, points out locally sourced "hay-milk," schnapps and liquor from a nearby distillery, regional, in-season fruit and vegetables, and "in demand" traditionally milled f...https://www.dw.com/en/a-german-village-goes-it-alone-on-climate-protection/a-48030126

2 dead, more than a dozen injured after trains collide in Germany - New York Post

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Aichach. He said the driver of the cargo train was uninjured. Authorities are investigating the cause of the crash. In a separate incident in Bavaria, two people were killed Monday when a train hit their car at a crossing near Lake Starnberg. Share this: ...https://nypost.com/2018/05/08/2-dead-more-than-a-dozen-injured-after-trains-collide-in-germany/