Germany has been one of Europe’s brightest beacons for refugees fleeing Syria, after years of civil war, and the Middle East at large. The country’s progressive policies on immigration have allowed entrance for around 1 million people, which is a stark contrast to nearly every other country nearby (in the U.S., politicians have made statements both for and against allowing refugees entry into America). Some countries like Poland and Hungary had agreed to take in refugees, but after the November Paris attacks, reversed their commitment. Now it seems as if public sentiment in Germany is shifting as well.
German U-boats were among the most feared weapons of World War I. And when one (U-118) washed ashore in Britain like a beached whale, people from all around flocked to take a…
It’s that time of year again — Oktoberfest 2015 is in full swing. This year’s celebration runs through October 4, and we had no trouble finding some truly spectacular images of hefty beer steins, traditional Bavarian attire, carnival details and so much more. But be warned — these photos might leave you a bit thirsty.
Still think Oktoberfest is just about the beer? Let us fill you in on everything you need to know about the German celebration, including its connection to Nazi propaganda and just how many people got alcohol poisoning at last year’s festivities.
As temperatures begin to cool and daylight hours start to dwindle, there is little better way to send summer off than by sipping a cold beer with family and friends. But what if we told you that what we recognize as Oktoberfest, the German festival which does just that and then some, was not exactly meant to last more than one week?
World War II ravaged Cologne, Germany, destroying infrastructure, dozens of landmarks and–perhaps the hardest to rebuild–a sense of cultural substance.
After the war, sights like the one above–a woman walking a high-wire–were not uncommon, and were meant to offer those living within Cologne a brief reprieve from their quite literally ruined reality.