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is one of Germany the world's most industrialised countries, located in the center of Europe. It is bordered to the north by the North Sea, Denmark, and the Baltic Sea, to the south by Austria and Switzerland, to the west by France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, and to the east by Poland and the Czech Republic.
Germany is a democratic federal parliamentary republic, containing 16 federal-
states ( Bundeslnder), which in certain spheres act independently of the Federation or "Bund".
The Federal Republic of Germany is a member state of the
United Nations, NATO, the G8 nations, and a founding member of the European Union. More...
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... that the "P"-badge (pictured) for Polish forced laborers was the first official, public badge introduced by Nazi Germany, preceding the " Jewish yellow star" by over a year? ... that during World War II, 's gold Nobel Prize medal was dissolved in James Franck aqua regia and stored in a bottle on a shelf to prevent it from falling into German hands? ... that Bach's cantata , probably served for both a memorial service and for job applications, and certainly for the Third Sunday after Trinity in 1714 and 1723? Ich hatte viel Bekmmernis, BWV 21 ... that SS-Gruppenfhrer und Generalleutnant der Polizei was hanged in 1947 for overseeing the killing of as many as 8,000 Jewish women and children using a August Meyszner gas van? ... that Paul Gerhardt's hymn " " (You my soul sing), a paraphrase of Du meine Seele singe Psalm 146, became known for a melody beginning with a rocket motif? ... that Ernst Pepping composed in 1937 in Nazi Germany the Evangelienmotette on Jesus und Nikodemus John 3:115, showing "the reality of a different, heavenly world"? ... that Luther's hymn about baptism, " ", is the basis for Bach's Christ unser Herr zum Jordan kam chorale cantata for the feast of John the Baptist? ... that ( Die Freundschaft Friendship), founded in 1919, was the world's first gay publication to be sold openly at newsstands?
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