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Anonymous Bidder Buys German Village for Under $165K

The village of Alwine boasts 20 residents and a dozen or so buildings

(Newser) - An anonymous buyer just purchased an entire German village over the phone for less than $165,000, AFP reports. The mystery person was the only bidder in an auction for the village of Alwine on Saturday. Alwine—an embodiment of the failure of what was once East Germany to match... More »

Man Killed by Boar He Was Hunting

German man shot at animal, followed it into reeds

(Newser) - Authorities in Germany are trying to find a wild boar that turned the tables on a hunter Sunday, fatally injuring the man after he fired a shot and followed it into a reed bank. Witnesses say the male boar apparently surprised the man as he searched for it, Deutsche Welle... More »

Minnesota Woman Helps Indict Nazi Death Camp Guards

88-year-old helped identify former SS officer

(Newser) - Judith Meisel says that when she was a teenager in the Stutthof concentration camp in western Poland, other prisoners told her: "Don't let us die without you mentioning what happened to us." The 88-year-old Minnesota resident has not forgotten: Her testimony helped German authorities indict two former... More »

Facebook's Move Against Hate Speech, With 500 New Helpers

A new law would fine social networking sites for failing to remove content

(Newser) - Facebook is adding 500 more contractors in Germany to review content posted to the social media site, after a new law came into force targeting online hate speech, the AP reports. The company says the staff will work for a service provider called CCC at a new office in the... More »

Germany Faces 'Situation We Haven't Had in Nearly 70 Years'

The options are to pave the way for a minority government or a new election

(Newser) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's attempt to put together a previously untried government with two smaller and ideologically diverse parties has collapsed. Germany's election on Sept. 24 left only two politically plausible combinations with a majority in parliament, and the breakdown of coalition talks Sunday night appears to have... More »

Man Gets Car Back 20 Years After Misplacing It

The German man thought his car had been stolen, but he'd actually just forgotten where he parked it

(Newser) - Many of us have misplaced our car in a parking garage at some point or another, convinced for a frightening moment that it's gone for good. Likely very few of us, however, have given up that car for stolen, only to have it come back to us decades later.... More »

Famed Holocaust Artist, Survivor Allegedly a Fake

Rosemarie Koczy's life story is questioned

(Newser) - Rosemarie Koczy's drawings displayed at the Guggenheim and the World Holocaust Remembrance Center are haunting—not at all surprising given that Koczy described them as "burials for those I saw die" in concentration camps as a child. And yet the authenticity of that statement, and of the German-born... More »

How a Holocaust Pendant Reunited a Family

The good-luck charm belonged to Karoline Cohn, 14, who perished at Sobibor

(Newser) - Chaim Motzen was intrigued when he read about a pendant excavated at a Nazi death camp with a possible link to Anne Frank. Engraved with "mazel tov"—"good luck" in Hebrew—the little charm belonged to Karoline Cohn, a 14-year-old Jewish girl killed at Sobibor. Motzen, an... More »

80% of His Skin Had Been Lost. Doctors Grew Him a Replacement

Genetic treatment saved 7-year-old's life

(Newser) - A child who was expected to die from a devastating skin disease is alive today thanks to an experimental treatment that grew him a whole new skin. Hassan, a 7-year-old Syrian boy living in Germany, was born with a condition called epidermolysis bullosa that prevented the outer layer of skin... More »

Turns Out 'Bomb' Wasn't Actually Out of Place in Garden

German resident mistakes zucchini for WWII bomb

(Newser) - A worried resident in Germany alerted police to what he thought was a World War II bomb in his garden. Officers rushed over—and found a particularly large zucchini. The AP reports police were summoned to the scene in Bretten, near the southwestern city of Karlsruhe, on Thursday morning by... More »

German Plan to Name Train After Anne Frank Condemned

Some displeased with the association

(Newser) - What could be as tasteless as an Anne Frank Halloween costume ? An Anne Frank train, say some in Germany. The state-owned Deutsche Bahn rail company is rolling out a new line of high-speed trains, and it came up with the seemingly innocuous plan of naming them after 25 historical... More »

8 People, Including Child, Stabbed in Munich Knife Attack

Police have arrested a suspect

(Newser) - A man with a knife attacked eight people in Munich on Saturday and then fled, police said. The suspected assailant, a local German already known to police for theft and other offenses, was arrested a few hours later, the AP reports. No one was seriously hurt in the attack that... More »

Germany Rolls Out 'Marriage for All'

After legal change, nation celebrates first gay marriages

(Newser) - Germany celebrated its first same-sex weddings Sunday, after a new law came into force putting gay and lesbian couples on equal legal footing with heterosexual couples. Town halls in Berlin, Hamburg, and elsewhere opened their doors to mark the event, made possible by a surprise vote in Parliament three months... More »

Only One Country Beat US for Most Competitive Economy

Switzerland is No. 1 in World Economic Forum ranking

(Newser) - One of Donald Trump's platforms during the presidential campaign was to "restore America's competitive edge," but the US might not be doing so shabby after all. Quartz , which features the World Economic Forum's new Global Competitiveness Report , notes that the United States has actually ascended... More »

Merkel Faces Tough Choice After Germany Election Result

She hopes to form new government—by Christmas

(Newser) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative alliance won the most seats in Germany's election on Sunday, meaning she will keep her job for a fourth term—but it was her party's worst showing since 1949 and the process of forming a new government could drag into next year.... More »

1st Exit Polls From Germany's Election Are In

Angela Merkel expected to win 4th term

(Newser) - Exit polls suggest Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc has finished first in Germany's election, putting her in a position to lead the country for a fourth term, the AP reports. Exit polls conducted for public television channels ARD and ZDF suggested support for Merkel's conservatives was between... More »

Hijacked Plane Brought Home After 40 Years

Leftists took German plane to Somalia 40 years ago

(Newser) - A Lufthansa passenger jet that was hijacked to Somalia 40 years ago at the height of a far-left militant group's campaign against West German authorities has returned home. The DPA news agency reported Saturday that most parts of the Boeing 737 arrived Saturday in the city of Friedrichshafen, where... More »

Germany Poised to See Far-Right Milestone in Vote

Anti-immigrant AfD will be first in parliament since end of WWII

(Newser) - Germany votes on Sunday, with the latest polls suggesting that Angela Merkel will earn a fourth term as chancellor. A year ago, that outcome seemed in doubt, notes an analysis at Vox , thanks to Merkel's welcoming policy on refugees from Syria and elsewhere. So why is Merkel and her... More »

Germany, in Secret, Has Shepherded Half Its Gold Home

The repatriation effort wasn't supposed to finish until 2020

(Newser) - It could be the plot of a Hollywood movie, albeit one where apparently nothing goes wrong: On Aug. 23, Germany announced it had successfully and in secret shepherded half its gold reserves back home, per Reuters . Germany's 3,378 metric tons of gold had for decades been stored in... More »

Fearing Nuclear Disaster, German City Hands Out Iodine

It's an unusual move

(Newser) - In an unusual move, a German city is handing out iodine tablets to be used in a nuclear emergency without the justification of an actual disaster going on. The BBC reports Aachen is giving away free iodine tablets to the half a million people who live in the city and... More »

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