October 1, 2006
Comparing a 1937 dirigible with BMW's hydrogen cars, the advanced automobile technology of the near-future, is like comparing a kiwi with a wrench (Letters, Sept. 24). The greater issue seems to be things German. You might want to think twice, then, before you step into your car again, powered by any fuel. After all, it was Karl Benz, Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach of Germany who in 1886, with their inventions, ushered in the automobile age. Michael E. White Burbank
August 13, 1997
I want to thank you for the wonderful article on German cooking ("Children of Catherine the Great: the Germans From Russia," June 25). What a surprise to suddenly see a recipe for beerocks. It was so exciting to read another family's history so similar; my family's origin was from White Russia also. They traveled to settlements in South America and Canada and then finally settled in Oregon and Washington around 1910. My German grandmother passed away several years ago, and as with other families, the recipes were lost with her. I had tried on several occasions when I was a girl to get her to recite to me everything she did and added to the bowl, but when trying to cook from my old notes with a pinch of this and that, not much turns out right.
April 3, 2003
I wanted to share an anecdote that happened Saturday when I took my 5-year-old and his grandmother to Disneyland. My family is of German descent and, although I was raised in Pasadena, I typically speak to my mother and my son in German. My 65-year-old mother and I were standing in line waiting for one of the rides. As we were talking, a fairly average-looking guy and his female partner verbally attacked us after they heard us speak German. Before we could tell the guy that we were American citizens, a number of epithets flew our way and we were encouraged to return to Germany to join our fascist leader, Gerhard Schroeder.
May 18, 2008 |
GENEVA -- Security arrangements for next month's European Championship will have a strong German flavor. Co-hosts Austria and Switzerland learned much from studying their neighbor when it hosted a World Cup two years ago. That tournament was praised by fans and visitors from across the world for having excellent organization, as well as a party atmosphere. Both relatively small countries will also rely on reinforcements from German and French police on match days. "Close international cooperation is indispensable in coping with a major event such as the Euro 2008," Swiss security spokesman Martin Jagged said.
March 3, 1991
There is a straightforward explanation for the success of German automobile sales in Japan that Sam Jameson failed to disclose in the article "Germans Taking the Inside Track in Car Sales to Japan" (Feb. 4). The explanation is Europe 1992, for unlike the naive United States, the Germans routinely make trade a quid pro quo proposition. You can be sure that German bankers made it obvious to their Japanese counterparts that if Japan expected to be a trading partner with post-1992 Europe, they had better open their domestic market to German manufactured goods.
July 26, 2009 |
Thieves stole German Health Minister Ulla Schmidt's official limousine from near the Spanish town of Alicante while she was on holiday. Schmidt, a Social Democrat in conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition government, had been using the black Mercedes for official appointments, including meetings at retirement homes, hospitals and schools, a spokeswoman said. She said the thieves broke into the driver's room and took the keys. Alicante, on the Costa Blanca in southeastern Spain, is a popular retirement and holiday spot for Germans.
November 2, 2008 |
The "Silent Heroes" now have a voice. A new memorial center in Berlin pays tribute to the thousands of German gentiles who risked everything to save Jews from persecution by the Nazis and documents the stories of those who sometimes spent years in hiding. The "Silent Heroes" memorial center opened to the public last week amid a new focus in recent years on the legacy of the "good German" -- individuals who resisted Hitler, were labeled as traitors by the Nazis and were often shunned after the war. "Their accomplishments were totally forgotten, and this is an initiative to bring them back into our memory," said Johannes Tuchel, director of the German Resistance Memorial Center Foundation, which is behind the new memorial.
May 14, 2010 |
Born in Vienna in 1890, director Fritz Lang was a formidable presence in life as on the screen. A journalist once described him as "a noble Roman ruin of a man." Barrel-chested, silver-haired, with strong chiseled features, a heavy-lidded penetrating gaze and a deep German-accented voice, Lang was a force to be reckoned with right up to his death in 1976 at his Beverly Hills home. When on rare formal occasions Lang put on a chalk-stripe suit, replaced his glasses with a monocle and picked up his cigarette holder, he recalled the suave, sardonic lady killer who romanced many a star in both Europe and Hollywood.
March 30, 2010 |
There's a new element officially in town and its name is copernicium, after the 16th-century Polish scientist Nicholas Copernicus. It is element 112 and its symbol is Cn. Copernicium, a heavier relative of zinc, cadmium and mercury, was first seen in 1996 by researchers at the Society for Heavy Ions Research in Darmstadt, Germany, after they bombarded a lead target with zinc ions. It took the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, which regulates nomenclature, nearly 14 years to resolve disputes between the Germans and American researchers over who was first to produce the new element, but the agency reported in the March issue of the journal Pure and Applied Chemistry that the Germans had priority and are thus entitled to propose a name.
December 6, 2009 |
The famous rebel poses in full regalia, his right hand gripping an Old West carbine, his left steadying a sword that dangles from the waist. You recognize the bushy mustache, broad sombrero, crisscrossed bandoleers. It's an icon of Mexican history: a black-and-white photograph of Emiliano Zapata believed taken in 1911, a year after the outbreak of the Mexican Revolution. Published in a Mexican newspaper two years later and reproduced since then in history textbooks and on postcards, T-shirts and shopping bags, the Zapata image is almost as famous as that of the Virgin of Guadalupe.