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Loxuru

Graf von Kreuzigung
I still have them also though volume 1 is missing somewhere ...

but .. it is extremely condensed. From an Anglospheric perspective for instance ... the US is placed on the same level as other nations, the Civil War for instance gets one map and a bit more than one column of text on page 95 ... that's unacceptbale to the ENlish speaking world ;)
However it is so compressed that the usefulness is limited without background knowledge but it is great for situations where you vaguely recall "there was something going on there" and it gives a reasonable framework for the absolute basics. And of course the dtv Atlas also does have its own way of looking at the world.


Hmmm.
Misperceptions as such might have contributed to the Dutchbat fiasco...
Dutchbat treated the Serbs with a warrior-to-warrior respect, expecting that the Serbs were waging war in the same gentlemanly way, the Dutch were trained to do, e.g. keeping civilians out of the conflict the best as possible. This attitude has proven a misjudgment, since the Serbs were after the male civilians.

Secondly, Dutchbat commanders were mentally abhorrent to act against orders, even if the situation urged common sense to do so. Another typical army problem.
 

Silent_Water

Governor
Today, I am a bit shocked by an unusual part of the news in the German "Tagesschau", but we seem to live in very unusual times.

To explain my "shock": I once saw a report about the times after WW II, when especially British journalists from the BBC really helped to rebuild journalism and free press in Germany, because - being a German with a lot of interest in history - even for me, it is today incredible how different our language can be spoken in different times.
I know historical examples of the so-called German "Wochenschauen" which were news in cinemas before TV was invented or accessible for the majority of Germans which was not the case before - hm - around 1965-1970, I think. I have known schoolboys of poor German families which had no TV at their homes until 1974.

And these old "Wochenschauen" in German cinemas between 1933 and 1945 were for me always looking like from a different planet when I saw them at political seminars in the university or on documentaries about WW II on TV, because the voices, the intonation, the inflection of this kind of speaking German sounded for me always "alienating".
It was really sounding very aggressive, biased, partisan, one-sided and during my lifetime, I am really happy and lucky to have really never heard someone speaking news in German in reality like the speakers of those old "Wochenschauen" until 1945, especially during WW II.
The intended effect was obvious and clear: To make war acceptable, to make other humans and nations looking "inhumane" and to make a normalcy out of aggressiveness.

The very big difference was then the establishing of the German "Tagesschau", which was since 1952 and still is until today the German standard of German TV news and its model, idol and example were the British BBC TV news of that time.
Even until today, the German "Tagesschau" broadcast from Hamburg (and this German city is sometimes really looking a bit British "conservative in behaviour" for other Germans in more southern parts of Germany) at 20:00 o'clock is a standard, because in the following 15 minutes, you hear and see no personal opinion of the journalists. These news are compact movies or pictures and the journalists & reporters show everything without personal comment; the aim is to show the political world as it is without any personal opinions or attacks etc. If you want to see and hear opinions, you have to wait for the "Tagesthemen" around 22:30 o'clock when there are comments and the journalists' names are always to see in these sections of the news.
And the directors of the "Tagesschau" were always proud of not doing the common "populist" things of private TV stations, e.g. showing movies of saved beautiful animals from trees by the fire brigades or personal tragedies with happy endings etc.

There was even a kind of satirical saying in Germany for decades that someone who is calling privately a "normal German" between 20:00 and 20:15 o'clock does not belong to the German nation or to mankind at all, because this time is sacred news time in Germany and any telephone call at this time to a private home will not be answered.

But since yesterday, I must say, there is something "American" breaking in into the "Tagesschau", because "Twitter" was mentioned for the first time in combination with a possible political scandal by a politician suggesting to forbid "Twitter" because of a mix between personal and political interests after being attacked - and this is something, the directors of the "Tagesschau" decided to report about although it is against the principles of the "Tagesschau" to show something that might be regarded as an example of "Schadenfreude":


As I said, we live in very unusual times ...
 

Loxuru

Graf von Kreuzigung
I have known schoolboys of poor German families which had no TV at their homes until 1974.
Not only 'the poor'. During my childhood in the 1960's, worker's families had purchased their television very early. I had no notion about the social status of my classmates, then, but looking back, they lived in older and smaller worker's houses, that, around 1980, mostly housed immigrant worker families. But they had a TV! It were often middle class 'white collar' people, who kept televison out of their homes as long as possible, because they considerd it as an 'intruder' in family life.

because the voices, the intonation, the inflection of this kind of speaking German sounded for me always "alienating".
Not only in Germany, and also after the war. These kind of cinema news reels were intended to 'educate' (or indoctrinate), rather than to inform. Hence the authoritarian 'schoolteacher' style of intonation.
 

Silent_Water

Governor
Sometimes, I would really like to know how some persons - who lived a normal life before - can become so insane or mad that they try to imitate terrorists. The top story this evening in German news is the crime which happened in this beautiful city next to the hotel I am working in and only some kilometers away from my apartment.
I have been in these streets some hundred if not some thousand times - and today even here suddenly some war-like scene which remember you how short a life can be really everywhere:

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Usually, this is a very nice and rather small German city with a small university and everything here is a bit "sleepy" compared to other German cities - even the people seem to speak a bit more slowly than in other parts of Germany.
A drunk German driver, born in this city but without any address, living in his car for several weeks, suddenly turned into an amok driver, killing 4 persons and wounding ca. 30 others by crashing into all seats outside some cafés, smashing some sales areas and sales booths outside of the buildings but after 800 meters of destruction and after only 5 minutes, the police was able to stop and arrest him:

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Right now, I hear the bells ringing of all churches in this very catholic city of Trier, calling the people for praying for the victims of this madness.

The prime minister of this federal state "Rheinland-Pfalz" was today here very near. This is also her home town for most time of her life and she just said this is the worst day of this city after WW II:

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I can only hope that there will be left a little rest of good human feelings for Christmas this year in this city which is already beautifully illuminated but without Christmas market for the first time because of the corona virus. This is really a very bad year ...
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Silent_Water

Governor
This morning, everything in Trier, the oldest city of Germany is very different. No one seemed to have slept well and everyone is talking about yesterday evening. In principle, the police was very fast, the hospitals in this city are very close to the center and the emergency ambulances were at the same time at the crime scenes as the police, only 4 or 5 minutes after the first calls and no one has ever before seen so fast so many special forces and ambulances arriving in such a short time in the center of this city.
But even this was too late for 5 persons now, because you cannot really be prepared for sudden human madness in a beautiful city where you never would expect something unusual like this. One Trierer family was terribly hit: the mother and one little child severely injured in the hospital, the father and his nine weeks old baby killed in his arms.
The Lord Mayor was crying yesterday evening when he was briefed about this story ...
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Candles for the victims and TV camera teams from all big German TV stations in front of the oldest building of Germany - the best preserved Roman city gate north of the Alps - the Porta Nigra in Trier:
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In spite of the illuminations, this will be a rather dark Christmas time in one of the most beautiful little cities in Germany ...
 

Silent_Water

Governor
Addendum & postscript to the story above about "Jana aus Kassel" who complained about being similar to Sophie Scholl:

Amed Sherwan, a young Kurdish refugee from Iraq, born in a very religious Muslim family in Iraqish Kurdistan, wrote an open letter to her in German about how it is being really endangered by a government, asking her how she could ever come to the idea that today's Germany could be regarded as a dictatorship as in Nazi times ...


... and this young man is simply incredible because he seems to be testing all limits of his life's traditions since he was 15 years old when he was burning a "Holy Quran" on the roof of his father's house just to see how God would punish him for this sacrilege - and nothing happened. But his father brought him to the police for other reasons of questioning his beliefs and the police immediately tortured him, so he became a refugee when he was free again and he fled to Germany.

In this interview, he describes how he is living as refugee and as an absolutely free activist in Germany wearing T-shirt with prints like "Thank Allah I am an Atheist" or "God is Gay", just to show that you have to be able and to be free to say something provoking against Islamists, against German Neo-Nazis and against fanatics from all possible political corners in order to be a free human being and to be human at all:

https://taz.de/Atheismus-Aktivist-ueber-Anfeindungen/!5729562/

And now in Germany, he has even written a book in German with the title "Kafir. Allah sei Dank bin ich Atheist!" (= "Infidel. Thank Allah I am an Atheist!")

There seems to be nothing any more which is not possible in Germany, when intelligent refugees are explaining by their examples to the German stupids why they are so stupid.

:clapclap:;)
 

Silent_Water

Governor
I just read an interesting article about a German "institution": The TV crime series "Tatort" (= "deed"&"place" => "Scene of the crime")


This is indeed possibly unique in the world, because for now 50 years, the first state-run German TV stations from the Western federal states - united in the ARD, which is the abbreviation for "Arbeitsgemeinschaft der öffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunkanstalten Deutschlands" and you see, 50 years ago, Germans still had a lot of time to invent looong names for TV-station-unions - are producing crime movies / thrillers with investigating police inspectors in a more or less "typical" city of this federal state. The actors who played the inspectors were sometimes the same for decades.
And in this article, a probably TV-addicted journalist with the typical German trait/ characteristic of perfection started the self-experiment of watching ALL "Tatort"-episodes in chronological order from No. 1 to No. 1146 (!!!), which is broadcast next Sunday, but he will see it only in 2024, because he is watching "in chronological order" and has just only reached No. 728 !
This article is very funny but also the comments on the right pop-up-side are very funny, for example one reader thinks it might have been interesting how much some episodes have influenced the imagination about special parts of Germany because in the "Schimanski"-Tatort-episodes from the German "Ruhrgebiet", which was for many decades the industrial complex of Germany with heavy industry and many coal mines, the cities are always grey from coal dust, the police and the criminals are very brutal, the sun never shines and all people are drinking right out of the bottles.
The next reader replied: "I grew up there when these thrillers were shot in my neighborhood and the city around was really dirty from coal dust, the police and the criminals were really brutal, my family and all the other people in my street always drank right out of the bottles and the sun was only shining at night. Yeah, it was absolutely correct in these thrillers and that's why they were so successful with this brutal, dirty and often right-out-of-the-bottle-drinking police inspector Schimanski!"

:eek: :popcorn: :facepalm:
 
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Loxuru

Graf von Kreuzigung
Well this is actually neither German nor Austrian.

But sometimes a closely related language will invent a word that's even better than perfect...

I'm lobbying to import "knuffelcontact" into the German vocabulary ;)
Neither German nor Austrian (but Belgium has also a German speaking population, so,...).
The news has spread even across the Atlantic and has been picked up by comedians and even by the venerable Washington Post : the 'knuffelcontact' has been given more special privileges.
What is the issue? Corona measures in Belgium have stipulated that around Christmas and Newyear, a family may receive four visitors, for a chat, in the garden around a fire basket. First, there is a severe limitation, since only onwers of a detached or a semi-detached house may do so. Why? Because it is forbidden for the visitors to enter the house! So owners of a row house, even with a garden, are barred from inviting visitors, because these visitors have to pass through a house to reach the garden.

But that's not all! What if a visitor must go to the bathroom? Forbidden, as the bathroom is inside the house! The visitor should go/return to his/her own home to go to the bathroom (the minister had said it with these words). Except one : only the 'knuffelcontact' of the host family members may go inside the house and go to the bathroom.

I guess, the Belgians with a detached or semi-detached house will soon all get a policeman posting at the entrance of the bathroom, to enforce this measure (but in that case, do they have to adopt the policeman as their 'knuffelcontact':eek:, since he is allowed to enter the house)?:facepalm:

The beauty of bureaucratic stupidity!
 

Silent_Water

Governor
also the name of the inspector is very regionally typical.
Yes, and especially in the coal mines of the "Ruhrgebiet", there were so many miners working from poorer countries for more than 150 years, for example from Poland.
Their children or grandchildren sometimes became famous in Germany because of other reasons.
Once my Polish girlfriend at the university was asked by another German student who was already a bit drunk before a soccer/football worldchampionship game - which we both watched in summer at the university's big screen between Germany and Poland - whom she would cheer for: the Germans or the Poles?
She answered: "When you look at the names of some of the most famous German football players like Podolski, Littbarski or Miroslav Klose, you will see that I will always be able to cheer for Polish players, no matter which nation will win!"
The other student was surprised, but laughed and said: "Very good answer!" and stumbled away ...
 

Silent_Water

Governor
I just read an interesting article about a German "institution": The TV crime series "Tatort" (= "deed"&"place" => "Scene of the crime")


...

:eek: :popcorn: :facepalm:
One of the most famous early "Tatort"-Productions is interesting for several "historical" reasons, because it is about a liberation attempt of a gang which wants to free a mafia boss on a train.
It is this "Tatort":


In this "thriller", which is only the 7th of all "Tatort"-movies (Fans call it the "007"-Tatort!), you can see the young and already famous Danish singer "Gitte Haenning" in 1971 as the Danish girlfriend of the German "special customs inspector Kressin", played by the Austrian actor Sieghardt Rupp.
This movie is interesting a) because of the trains which are of interest for German enthousiasts for German locomotives and b) because of Kressin's character, who is like a poorer German brother of "James Bond" and in those times he is probably as unrealistic but also admired as everything you can imagine. He always mixes his love affairs with his job and during his investigations around the minutes 19:30 - 24:00, he is investigating in a Danish shop for pornography about porn smuggling from Scandinavia to Germany. His Danish girlfriend wants to wait outside the shop but he says: "Being alone in a Danish pornshop is not funny!" Later inside about a porn book: "No, this is too much text and my fantasies are excited for a too long time!"
When he says good-bye to Gitte at the train station, he is as "cocky" as James Bond: - "You could accompany me as long as you are carrying my suitcase!"
She: - "You don't know how happy I am to see you leaving!"
He: - "But when I come back, I will be speaking Danish so we understand each other better - I hope this strange and funny Danish language only will still exist then!"

And when I just mentioned Gitte, she had her greatest successes with songs in Germany with these ones:

"I want a cowboy as husband!"


"No man can be so beautiful!"


"Don't be happy too early!"

 
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Silent_Water

Governor
I know that I have posted this already in another thread, but nevertheless, it is still the current state of things and I can add two more historical photos.

I and many of us Germans must admit - gnashing our teeth, because many of us do not really like her - that our chancellor Angela Merkel was correct in her almost scientific predictions about the coronavirus and she is doing her job really acceptable and with efficiency, if not to say "good".

In a time, when most nations do no more judge or measure their politicians whether they do something good for their nations, but whether they do as few damage as possible to their nations, she has really almost done a phantastic job.

Probably the best you can tell about her being a politician is that she is not vain - moreover, you only have to look into her face and you will think, she does not even seem to know what vanity is!

She also warned us on March, 18 2020 very convincing in the most expressive manner, she is able to show.

Explanation: If you are not German, you will have to know that Queen Elizabeth II and Mrs Merkel have something in common: Both are probably the cold-bloodest and most self-controlled two women on this planet.
For example, Angela Merkel has ever had one standard position with her hands, the so-called "Merkel-Raute" to calm down every sign of emotions in her and even in her adversaries:

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There have already been lots of psychological and satirical articles about this way to hold her hands all times, even the "Economist" interpreted how she is always holding her hands as a magical and dangerous ring: "One ring to rule them all ... !"




Even her political enemies try to warn of this magic ("Mutti" is the German word for a rather superior "mum") and when you catch a "psycho" - moment in a photo with her in her government's car on the way to talk with persons like Emmanuel Macron, Donald Trump or Vladimir Putin, you sometimes begin to shiver, thinking about her "magical power" and her sometimes "evil look":

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Only once during the whole German history, Angela Merkel lost her magic ring and the resulting evil look for some minutes and therefore her famous self-control was gone for some moments:

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Now, you can possibly imagine how extremely shocked we Germans must have been, when Angela Merkel held her very first "unprepared" TV speech to the German nation, talking on 18th of March about the future of Germany and the coronavirus, opening her hands like this right at the beginning of her speech, which is said to have been one of the best of her life:

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Some Germans got into a status of shock which they did not leave until today because they saw for the first time in their lifetimes, that Angela Merkel opened her hands relatively wide as if she would like to hug all Germans, which was an unthinkable and very frightening imagination for most of us Germans.

This was the moment, when we Germans knew that really hard times are ahead of us and we will have to prepare for a new kind of "war", although this word was not mentioned at all like in the surrounding neighbour countries.

Additionally, not so long ago, Mrs. Merkel was in the center of some pictures, which were really acquired by some museums of contemporary art because - according to the directors of these museums, such photos were of a quality like a Baroque painting by Rembrandt or Rubens:

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In any case, you should not be surprised if the German national flag will one day soon look like this and you will now know why:

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Although I once wrote in this funny posting above that our chancellor Merkel is one of the most un-emotional women on this planet, she was so emotional yesterday like never before and it is really not funny any more because so many people are still behaving as if they were immortal - but this Covid-19-virus could easily prove the opposite to them and their relatives .

I had hoped to see this Christmas with a little bit more hope but the speech of our chancellor Merkel yesterday was indeed the most emotional ever to be heard by us Germans because the Covid-19 infection rates are again rising dramatically - and this so short before Christmas. So she warned again of too much contacts and to be careful that the Christmas visits to your grandmother and grandfather should not be the very last visits to them.

Ashampoo_Snap_2020.12.10_09h07m09s_001_.jpg The cases of intensive care (grey) and the cases of patients connected to ventilators (red) are still rising in Germany.

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All cases since the beginning of this year 2020 now more than 20.000 cases of death by Covid-19 in Germany!

Even the international press reported about Merkel's emotional speech and the most reactions are very positive - certainly except from the extreme right wing parties and from "the usual supects". Here voices collected by the TV station "EuroNews":

 

Praefectus Praetorio

Brother of the Quill
Although I once wrote in this funny posting above that our chancellor Merkel is one of the most un-emotional women on this planet, she was so emotional yesterday like never before and it is really not funny any more because so many people are still behaving as if they were immortal - but this Covid-19-virus could easily prove the opposite to them and their relatives .

I had hoped to see this Christmas with a little bit more hope but the speech of our chancellor Merkel yesterday was indeed the most emotional ever to be heard by us Germans because the Covid-19 infection rates are again rising dramatically - and this so short before Christmas. So she warned again of too much contacts and to be careful that the Christmas visits to your grandmother and grandfather should not be the very last visits to them.

View attachment 937649 The cases of intensive care (grey) and the cases of patients connected to ventilators (red) are still rising in Germany.

View attachment 937651 The highest death ratio ever caused by Covid-19 in Germany: 590 deaths yesterday!
All cases since the beginning of this year 2020 now more than 20.000 cases of death by Covid-19 in Germany!

Even the international press reported about Merkel's emotional speech and the most reactions are very positive - certainly except from the extreme right wing parties and from "the usual supects". Here voices collected by the TV station "EuroNews":

Yet, for some reason, the EU doesn't look ready to approve any vaccine before Christmas with UK now a week past approval and US expected today. The longer they wait, the more die.
 

Heineudo

Magistrate
No, I think we had hardly any illnesses in rural areas all summer long. And somehow the thought got stuck in the minds of the people: "It's not that bad here in the village". But the virus also had all summer to secretly spread. If there are no symptoms there is no testing. I was also completely shocked when two people from our neighboring village suddenly found themselves in the intensive care unit in mid-November. And I know both of them personally.
 

Silent_Water

Governor
Additionally - and I possibly will have less friends here after mentioning this - Germany made the mistake of a "light shutdown", when a "tough" one was needed.
The German weekly "Der Spiegel" had this picture to compare the situations in March/April and now:

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1) In March and April, there was a complete shutdown with closing everything, business centers and also schools, but during the last weeks, we had no schools closed, the children were riding in overcrowded buses - especially in rural regions, where the schools are combined in bigger school centers and children are often not tested in Germany because they often show no symptoms at all. In Austria, they are more often tested and the results from there are as I expected them to be. They can spread the virus without anyone knowing about it.

2) The most hit regions now in Germany are - and I do not think this is pure coincidence - the regions with the most careless and incautious people, who are still claiming the virus is not so dangerous or - even worse - the virus is a "conspiracy"!

There is this article about rural regions in the German federal state of "Sachsen" with descriptions of situations which were almost impossible in other German states, e.g. people "camouflaging" their christmas markets as "christmas trees sales points" until the police arrives - and the police does not often arrive in such small villages behind all seven hills like in the German fairy-tales. The youth there seems to think this is a game of hiding your christmas celebrations from the state authorities:

3) ... and finally, in some states and countries in and around Germany, the traditional behaviour of the people seems to be decisive for infection rates. In Germany's North like in "Schleswig-Holstein" and "Niedersachsen", the infection rates are now the lowest, probably because
a) there is the coastline to the North Sea and the East-/Baltic Sea, so there are fewer borders to other countries with higher infection rates and
b) the highest feeling of a hearty greeting between colleagues in Northern Germany ever was a mumbled "Moin" in 5 meters distance! They really say only "Moin!" as an emotional highlight in the morning, noon, evening and as "Good Night": "Moin!" in 2 meters distance and that's all of a cordial reception in e.g. Wilhelmshaven or Bremen!


Usually, in the North of Germany no one ever came closer to greet one in the morning than to the length of a Viking's sword whereas in the South of Germany, there often was at least a shake-hands in the morning.

Similar discussions are happening right now in Switzerland, where the infection rates in the francophone regions with traditional huggings of friends seem to be much higher than in the "colder" regions with not so close traditions of greeting each other.
 

malins

Stumbling Seeker
With the schools it's a challenge to weigh the effects of lockdowns vs. the risks.
However, a shorter but strict lockdown here is also preferrable to a long drawn out suffering ... and then you have to stay shut down anyway, because infections are completely out of control.

And I think authorities have basically been sticking their head in the sand ...
the notion "children don't get the virus, and if they do, they won't spread it" has been widely circulated but long since refuted.
They just get less symptoms statistically but can perfectly well transmit it, and often it's through the schoolchildren that individual social "bubbles" are connected.

The time in summer should have been used to think about and develop better alternatives to the primitive school approach of "lockdown and send a PDF every week" from spirng. But it seems to me time was frittered away, resting on the laurels of having defeated the first wave, and pretending '"it can't happen here".
In my son's class with 22 kids, 2 families have taken their kids out of the class since the start of this month because they have Covid in the household, I've kept my son at home since Nov.30 when he got sick and we're self-quarantining voluntarily.
And I can confirm that there is a discouraging of testing, right now when it's important.
Honestly by now they might as well send the kids home into an early winter vacation.

The plan was to reduce infections until Christmas so that then at least some amount of meeting and festivity is possible but at the rates we are seeing now that is likely to cause a lot of spreading events.
 

Silent_Water

Governor
Wow! Today, I am really impressed by an information event I visited some hours ago. The retirement home of my mother invited all relatives of their residents, especially those who are also the legal representatives for Alzheimer patients etc., because the anti-Covid-19-vaccine will be delivered on 27th/28th of Dezember for all residents there.
The information event was about the difference in vaccines, which might be the risks and we - the relatives - were then asked for our opinions and our consent for the vaccination. There was no one who was against the vaccination because the female expert even said, about 25 years ago, she studied by coincidence together with the female expert in the German company which was focused on anti-cancer-treatments until they tried to use their knowledge against Covid-19 and it seems to have been very successful until now. Her female fellow student was Özlem Türeci, whom she called a "true genius" and as the name shows of Turkish origin, but today a well-known German expert on vaccines and one founder of BioNTech, which developped together with "Pfizer" the mRNA-vaccine which is ready on 27th of December. Özlem Türeci and her husband Ugur Sahin are known to be philantropists who want to share all their scientific research results with every other interested scientists and always say, this virus is a challenge for all mankind.
This was also explained: Which company uses which kind of vaccine and how they work.

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It is situated in the capital of the German federal state of "Rheinland-Pfalz", Mainz, and the street name is "An der Goldgrube"! (= at the gold mine)

In German saying, you can call a very successful financial company a "Goldgrube", a "gold mine".

Oh, by the way, the costs of the vaccination will be paid by the German government and the cost for one dose is relatively low, because this company is producing it as cheap as possible, up to now, they estimate between 8 and 9 Euros! My last influenza vaccination was around 30,- Euros!
 
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