Geese on a meadow in Oberursel near Frankfurt, Oct.5. St. Martin’s day on 11th November is the day when Martin of Tours is remembered, a saint of the Catholic Church. Eating a St. Martin’s goose dinner is a widely spread tradition in Germany. Thus it is quite unlikely that the geese in this picture will survive the next week.

Hilmar Hoffmann

Hilmar Hoffmann, the longtime city councillor and head of cultural affairs in Frankfurt (1970 and 1990) and president of Germany’s Goethe-Institut (1993 to 2001), stands in his garden in Frankfurt, July 10. Hoffmann, who among many other things promoted independent cultural groups and initiated the Frankfurt museum embankment, will turn 90 in August.