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Technical glitch & boos kick-off Wagner fest
A scene from the opening night production of "Tannhäuser" at the 2014 Bayreuth Festival. Photo: DPA

Technical glitch & boos kick-off Wagner fest

The opening night Friday of the world-famous Bayreuth Festival, the month-long summer opera extravaganza dedicated to the works of Richard Wagner, was halted for nearly an hour due to a technical hitch while fans were not impressed with the modern take of 'Tannhäuser.' READ  

Germany puts 700,000 WWI docs online
Prisoners of War pictured in 1918. Photo: Bundesarchiv/Bild 183-S45825

Germany puts 700,000 WWI docs online

Hundreds of thousands of rare records and images from World War I have been put online by the German government, ahead of Monday's 100th anniversary of the start of the conflict. READ  

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The 12 best words in the German language
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The 12 best words in the German language

The Local List has covered all aspects of German words, from the untranslatable to the longest. But we've never done a ranking of what are simply the best words in the German language, until now... READ  

Rare World War I colour photos mark centenary
Soldiers in a trench reinforced with concrete. Photo: Hans Hildenbrand/Taschen/LVR LandesMuseum Bonn

Rare World War I colour photos mark centenary

A German publisher has gathered hundreds of rare colour photographs of World War I to mark 100 years since the outbreak of the conflict. READ  

Expat Dispatches
How German lands responded to the Black Death
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How German lands responded to the Black Death

In this week's Expat Dispatches, history teacher Mike Stuchbery gives us a lesson in the Medieval fear and loathing unleashed by the Black Death in the German lands. READ  

Nazi resistance museum opens in Berlin
Chancellor Angela Merkel visits the new German Resistance Memorial Centre on Monday. Photo: DPA

Nazi resistance museum opens in Berlin

A new, permanent exhibition dedicated to German resistance under the Nazis opened its doors to visitors in Berlin on Wednesday. The museum profiles groups of German men and women who risked and lost their lives fighting Hitler. READ  

Merkel praises would-be Hitler assassins
Von Stauffenberg (l) was played by Tom Cruise (r) in a 2008 film about the plot called Operation Valkyrie. Photo: EPA/United Artists Entertainment LLC

Merkel praises would-be Hitler assassins

Chancellor Angela Merkel paid tribute on Saturday to the army officers who attempted to assassinate Adolf Hitler towards the end of the World War II. READ  

A German soldier's life behind WWI lines
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A German soldier's life behind WWI lines

Saturday June 28th marks 100 years since the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo which sparked World War I. We mark the anniversary by showing rare photos from a German soldier of everyday life behind the front lines. READ  

The Local List
Germany's ten most surreal landmarks
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Germany's ten most surreal landmarks

With summer holiday season approaching, The Local List this week has scoured the length and breadth of Germany to find some of the most unusual sites for you to visit. How many of our ten have you seen? READ  

Kaiser's early love of sea surfaces in sketches
Wilhelm II and one of his childhood drawings. Photo: DPA/Brandenburg-Preußen Museum

Kaiser's early love of sea surfaces in sketches

Wilhelm II was usually portrayed in heavily decorated army uniform, but the last Kaiser's heart yearned for the sea and German naval power from an early age, a series of newly discovered childhood drawings shows. READ  

Gauck pays tribute to newspaper publisher
Frank Schirrmacher. Photo: DPA

Gauck pays tribute to newspaper publisher

Frank Schirrmacher, the co-publisher of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), died of a heart attack on Thursday in Frankfurt aged 54. READ  

Göring's Mercedes to be auctioned on eBay
The car was used by the US Army after the war. Photo: High Velocity Classics Inc.

Göring's Mercedes to be auctioned on eBay

A Mercedes once belonging to Hitler's deputy, Hermann Göring, the head of the German Luftwaffe during the Third Reich, will be auctioned on eBay by a car dealership in Florida. READ  

D-Day Interview
D-Day Anniversary: 'I didn't have a gun'
Military enthusiasts on Omaha Beach in Vierville sur Mer in Normandy on Wednesday. Photo: DPA

D-Day Anniversary: 'I didn't have a gun'

Edwin Kendrick was a combat medic who waded ashore in Normandy three days after D-Day with nothing but a medical kit and red cross armband. His memories are the first installment in our series marking the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the end of Nazi Germany. READ  

Berlin plans one home for three religions
Architect designs of how the building will look. Photo: KuehnMalvezzi/house-of-one-org

Berlin plans one home for three religions

A €43.5 million project to construct a building where Jews, Muslims and Christians can pray together under one roof in the centre of Berlin moved a step closer on Tuesday. READ  

Interview with Bill Bailey
Bill Bailey's lyrical love affair with German
The Local spoke to British comedian Bill Bailey when he brought his European "Qualmpeddler" tour to Berlin. Photo: Josie Le Blond

Bill Bailey's lyrical love affair with German

Germany may not be British comedy's natural home, but it hasn't stopped comic Bill Bailey visiting Berlin on his whistle-stop Europe tour. The Local caught up with him under a giant fish tank to pick his brains. READ  

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