Parenting alone in Germany during the pandemic —

On some days, when the birds are chirping and the sun is shining and I’m standing at my kitchen window, hands plunged elbow-deep in sudsy water, I wonder what kind of mother I would be if I wasn’t so exhausted. I watch as the neighbours pack up their camper van, mount their bikes on its rack, and drive off to the forest for a few weeks away and wonder, if I weren’t doing this on my own, would we be doing that?

On the frontlines with women war photographers

Women photojournalists have been capturing war on film for nearly a century now — starting with the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s, when portable cameras first made spontaneous snapshots possible. Yet conflict has long remained a field dominated by men, not only as war photographers but also actors and perpetrators of atrocities. "Women War Photographers," an exhibition that opened March 8 at Dusseldorf's Kunstpalast Museum, hopes to change that.

International Kissing Day: French greeting makes headway in Germany

When I arrived in Germany 12 years ago, one of the first things to take me by surprise was the amount of handshaking that goes on here. An appointment with my banker opened with a handshake. With the realtor, too. At work, I walked into office after office, meeting new colleagues, each of whom wanted to shake my hand. Even the yoga teacher at my first class put her hand out to introduce herself. Handshaking, I learned, was the formal means of greeting in Germany. As Interior Minister Thomas de

Käthe Kollwitz’s Art Was Compassionate, Subversive, and Politically Outspoken

While the cycle personified Kollwitz’s social activism, clearly outlining her beliefs in the proletarian struggle, it likewise exemplifies her particular interest in the woman’s role in such scenes. In Storming the Gate (1893–97), the weavers charge an industrialist’s villa, which peers out from behind insurmountable gates—and it is the women in the scene who hand the rebelling men the rocks they carry as they storm the complex.

From the Plague to Coronavirus: One Town’s 400-Year Bargain With God to Stay Disease-Free

Not even the coronavirus outbreak can keep one tiny Bavarian village from performing their play—once social distancing becomes history. Nearly 400 years ago, a famous bargain with God was made: spare the villagers of the German town of Oberammergau from the plague and their Passion Play, depicting the life and death of Jesus Christ, would always be performed. In 2020, another deadly illness has put the brakes on the internationally-known performance.

What American Parents Can Learn From German Ones

French parents treat toddlers like adults. The Dutch (or maybe it’s the Danes) raise the happiest kids in the world. A Chinese-American tiger strategy prioritizes discipline and ambition over fun. Ever since journalist Pamela Druckerman’s Bringing Up Bébé hit the best-seller list by telling American moms and dads to stop hiring sitters and just take their toddlers along to fancy restaurants like Parisians do, a rush of cultural anthropology has taken over the parenting-advice industry.

Angela Merkel Is Not Your Feminist Icon

Angela Merkel has been the object of a lot of sisterly praise over the last year. Hillary Clinton named the German chancellor one of her favorite world leaders. Prominent women's rights activists in the U.S. have lauded Merkel for her open-door refugee policy and remarked on her ability to remain cool when Donald Trump refused her handshake. "Angela #Merkel, more and more the feminist icon," tweeted journalist Lauren Wolfe in July after an image of Merkel at the G20 appeared...
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