Hilmar Hoffmann

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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.

100 Years Old

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Dagmar Westberg stands beside a painting named “Saint James the Greater” (1615) by Jusepe de Ribera at Frankfurt’s Städel museum, Dec.4. The philanthropist turns 100 years old on Dec.8 and on the occasion donates the (very) valuable painting to the museum.

The Old Gingerbread Bakery


Gingerbread being hand-made at Willi Baumann’s bakery in Reichelsheim-Beerfurth in the Odenwald region, some 70 kms (42 mls) south of Frankfurt, Dec. 1. The family business is one of oldest in the Odenwald and operates in the 11th generation, baking gingerbread as it did in 1785 without coloring, flavor enhancer or preservatives. Customers queue right in the bakehouse, buying ‘lebkuchen’ as it comes right out of the coal-heated oven.

Old Concrete

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A bridge spans over a footpath at a park in Offenbach, just east of Frankfurt, Nov.10. It is one of the two oldest concrete structures without steel armouring in Germany still standing today. Together with a small temple (seen in background) it was erected in 1879.