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The Local · 30 Jan 2013, 14:35

Published: 30 Jan 2013 14:35 GMT+01:00

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National football coach Silvia Neid

Trainer Silvia Neid is determined to take the national women's football team to the final's at the world cup.

Tennis superstar Sabine Lisicki

23-year-old Sabine Lisicki was the first German woman in 14 years to make it to the Wimbledon final.

Politician Karamba Diaby

Karamba Diaby hopes to become the first black member of the Bundestag this September.

Playmobil owner Horst Brandstätter

Generations of children all over the world have one German man to thank for hours of fun - Playmobil owner Horst Brandstätter.

Singer Nena

Thirty years ago, a young woman sporting a perm and a wistful expression burst onto the music scene. This was Gabriele Susanne Kerner, or as we know her, Nena.

Supermodel Heidi Klum

Supermodel, supermum, super media mogul: Heidi Klum celebrated her 40th birthday in Los Angeles in June.

Richard Wagner

Probably the country's most revered and reviled composer, the man considered both a musical genius and an anti-Semite turned 200 this year.

Anti-violence activist Tina K.

The trial of a group of young men suspected of beating to death 20-year-old Jonny K. began in Berlin. His older sister, Tina K., has been tirelessly campaigning for a safer capital.

Neo-Nazi Beate Zschäpe

Member of a trio suspected of murdering 10 people, Zschäpe has been in the public eye constantly since her trial began in May.


You might say he is just a collection of atoms, but then, really, aren't we all? Boy is made with individual atoms moved by a German-led research team and stars in the world's smallest stop-motion film.

Mario Götze

Dubbed "The German Messi," Mario Götze is one of Germany's most promising football talents.

Mariam the bearded woman

Women with facial hair used to be relegated to carnival sideshows, but one bearded lady - 49-year-old Mariam - is fighting for her right to remain unshaven.

Berlin fashionista Ali

Ali, a fashionable 83-year-old in Berlin has gained international fame after an Australian photographer started a Tumblr blog called 'What Ali Wore' showcasing his sartorial splendor.

Journalist Jörg Armbruster

Veteran journalist Jörg Armbruster was recently shot and seriously wounded while reporting on Syria's civil war for broadcaster ARD.

Fritz Wagner - teen dumpling superstar

After shooting to internet fame by making a video of himself singing a funny song about his favourite dumplings. Wagner how has over 2.5 million views on YouTube and a recording contract.

Former DSDS singer Sarah Joelle Jahnel

After being branded a "slut" by the host of Germany's answer to "Pop Idol" and outing the show's behind-the-scenes sex antics, singer Sarah Joelle Jahnel has raised a fair few eyebrows.

Ewald Heinrich von Kleist, tried to assassinate Hitler

Ewald Heinrich von Kleist, a former German army lieutenant who took part in a failed attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler, died at the age of 90. He was the last surviving member of the "20th of July" plot.

Dieter Pfaff, treasured television actor

Dieter Pfaff, whose death drew more German media attention than that of Hugo Chavez on Wednesday, was the big-boned star of several major TV series who only gained widespread fame aged 50.

Christoph Waltz, Oscar-winning actor

Austria Unchained? The Alpine nation is proudly independent, but that's not stopping Germany from claiming a two-time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz as one of its own.

Otto Beisheim, founder of the Metro Group

Worth €3 billion, Otto Beisheim founded the Metro group which owns Saturn and Real, among others and was, until his suicide in February 2013, one of Germany's ten wealthiest men.

Anne Wizorek, creator of the #aufschrei hashtag

A national debate over sexism in Germany took a twist after women used Twitter to describe the casual discrimination they faced. Anne Wizorek, creator of the #aufschrei hashtag which soon went viral.

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Kim Dotcom, founder of Megaupload video streaming site

He's a hacker, a gamer, a party animal, a legal resident of New Zealand, and a self-proclaimed defender of internet freedom. Kim Schmitz, aka Kim Dotcom, has been in and out of court rooms in Germany and across the world for cyber-crime.

David McAllister, the half Scottish state premier of Lower Saxony

McAllister, the son of a Scottish father serving with the British army in West Berlin and a German music teacher mother, he is a rising star in Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU).

Henryk Broder, provocative polemicist and author of 'Forget Auschwitz!'

Few writers have stung Germany's conscience more than Broder. The prickly polemicist has sparked controversy by dubbing journalists anti-Semites. He once called Noam Chomsky an “absolute psycho” and was even given the nod of approval by Norwegian mass-murderer Anders Breivik.

Helene Fischer, the reigning queen of Schlager music

Petite 28-year-old Fischer is currently the biggest star of Germany's schmaltzy Schlager music scene that is so popular with the country's pensioners. Her latest album sold five million copies and her tour sold 300,000 tickets.

Peer Steinbrück, SPD politician and possible contender against Merkel in the race for chancellorship

Steinbrück, a 65-year-old father-of-three from the northern German city of Hamburg, has the uphill task of stopping the world's most powerful woman – Angela Merkel from winning a third term. He heads the country's centre-left Social Democrat party.

Brothers Grimm, legendary fairytale authors

The first edition of Brothers Grimm fairytales was published 200 years, changing children's bedtime forever and gaving Walt Disney a start in movies. Since that day, Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel and all the other characters have taken over the world.

Alice Schwarzer, prominent feminist and founder of Emma magazine

Schwarzer, founder of Emma magazine, has often been reduced by critics to her sharp tongue and combative manner and in recent years become a controversial figure even among feminists, many of whom say her approach has become outdated.

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Outrage over ruling on 'brutal' gang rape of teen girl
The now convicted suspects, sitting in court in Hamburg. Photo: DPA.

A 14-year-old girl was gang-raped and left partially clothed and unconscious in freezing temperatures. Now prosecutors are appealing the sentences for the young men found guilty, most of whom will not set foot in jail.

Dozens of Turkish diplomats apply for asylum in Germany
Demonstrators holding a giant Turkish flag protest against the attempted coup in Istanbul in July. Photo: DPA.

Since the failed putsch attempt in Turkey in July, Germany has received 35 asylum applications from people with Turkish diplomatic passports, the Interior Ministry confirmed on Wednesday.

Hertha Berlin fan club criticised for 'anti-gay banner'
Hertha BSC beat FC Cologne 2-1. Photo: DPA

A 50 metre fan banner apparently mocking the idea of gay adoption has overshadowed Hertha BSC's win in the Bundesliga.

Germany stalls Chinese takeover of tech firm Aixtron
Aixtron headquarters in Herzogenrath. Photo: DPA

The German government on Monday said it had withdrawn approval for a Chinese firm to acquire Aixtron, a supplier to the semiconductor industry, amid growing unease over Chinese investment in German companies.

Politicians call for tough sentences for 'killer clowns'
File photo: DPA.

Now that the so-called 'killer clown' craze has spread from the US to Germany, elected officials are drawing a hard line against such "pranks", with some threatening offenders with jail time of up to a year.

Nearly one in ten Germans are severely disabled
Photo: DPA

New figures reveal that 9.3 percent of the German population last year were considered severely disabled.

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Germany's top 10 most surreal sites to visit
The Upside-Down House, in Mecklenburg–Western Pomerania. Photo: Olaf Meister / Wikimedia Commons

From upside-down houses on Baltic islands to a fairy-tale castle near the Austrian border, Germany is a treasure trove of the extraordinary.

Bavarian critics back Merkel for Chancellor again
Photo: DPA

The Christian Social Union (CSU) have long delayed backing Angela Merkel as their candidate for Chancellor in next year's general election. But now key leaders are supporting her publicly.

Four taken to hospital after hotel toilet bursts into flames
File photo: DPA.

Four guests at a Nuremberg hotel were taken to hospital due to smoke inhalation early Monday morning after a toilet there burst into flames.

Creepy clown scare spreads to Germany
Two of the clowns were apparently equipped with chainsaws. Photo: Pedro Pardo / AFP file picture

Police said Friday five incidents involving so-called scary clowns had occurred in two north German towns, including one assailant who hit a man with a baseball bat, amid fears that Halloween could spark a rash of similar attacks.

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