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A child plays near communist-era apartment blocks in Hoyerswerda, Germany. After the collapse of the communist East German government that had redeveloped the area into an industrial hub, factories shut down and coal production declined. The population has sunk below 33,000 — about half its size before the fall of the Berlin Wall. Sean Gallup/Getty Images hide caption

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In German Coal Country, This Former Socialist Model City Has Shrunk In Half

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In Hamburg, Germany, estimated life expectancy in the city's poorer neighborhoods still trails wealthier neighborhoods by 13 years. Juergen Sack/Getty Images hide caption

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Police block access to a street near the scene of an attack that left two people dead on Wednesday in Halle, Germany. Initial reports indicate a man fired shots outside a synagogue and a kebab shop in the eastern German city. Jens Schlueter/Getty Images hide caption

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Omar Alshogre, a Syrian refugee who was tortured as a political prisoner in Syria, now lives in Sweden. He has framed photos of men who he says tortured him that he keeps upside down. Axel Öberg for NPR hide caption

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Andreas Kalbitz, an AfD leader in Brandenburg, speaks to supporters after exit poll results in state elections on Sept. 1 in Werder, Germany. Michele Tantussi/Getty Images hide caption

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Far Right Makes Gains In 2 German State Elections As Centrists Hang Onto Power

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Ursula von der Leyen, then Germany's defense minister, reads in 2014 with 1st Lt. Patrick Schumitz and his son, Oskar, during a nursery opening at the University of the Federal Armed Forces, Munich. During a previous stint running Germany's family ministry, von der Leyen, a mother of seven, instituted new child care and parental leave policies. Christoph Stache/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Few German Mothers Go Back To Work Full Time. These Are The Challenges They Face

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An honor guard stands at the coffin of assassinated German politician Walter Lübcke at his memorial service on June 13 in Kassel, Germany. Lübcke, a Christian Democrat, was outspoken in his pro-immigration views. His confessed killer is an avowed neo-Nazi with a 20-plus-year history of violence against immigrants. Sean Gallup/Getty Images hide caption

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A German Politician's Assassination Prompts New Fears About Far-Right Violence

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Octavian Ursu of the German Christian Democrats won a runoff for mayor of the small town of Goerlitz in the country's east, beating an opponent from the far-right Alternative for Germany. Sean Gallup/Getty Images hide caption

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Danisch Farooqi with his daughter, Aaliya, in Hamburg, Germany, when she was around 2 years old. "I haven't seen her in five years," he says. He wonders if she has forgotten him. Courtesy of Danisch Farooqi hide caption

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'I Would Do Anything For Her': A German Dad's Search For His Daughter, Taken By ISIS

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A protester waves the European Union flag during the pro-Europe demonstration "One Europe for All: Your voice against nationalism," a week before Sunday's European elections in Berlin, on May 19. Omer Messinger/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Threat Of Nationalist Wins In EU Vote Tests Germany, A Country Built On Alliances

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The German headquarters of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei in Duesseldorf, Germany. The U.S. says it may stop sharing intelligence with Germany if it adopts Huawei's 5G technology. Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters hide caption

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Despite U.S. Pressure, Germany Refuses To Exclude Huawei's 5G Technology

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People relax on a bridge in Berlin. An estimated 10,000 Israelis have moved to the German capital in the past decade or so, leaving an imprint on the city of more than 3.5 million. Sean Gallup/Getty Images hide caption

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Thousands Of Israelis Now Call Berlin Home And Make Their Cultural Mark

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A plump rat stuck in a manhole cover spurred volunteer firefighters and animal rescue workers to act in Bensheim, Germany, over the weekend. Berufstierrettung-Rhein-Neckar/AP hide caption

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Alice Dwyer plays the young Hanni Lévy in The Invisibles, which focuses on the lives of four German Jews who stayed in Germany during World War II and survived. Greenwich Entertainment hide caption

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'The Invisibles' Reveals How Some Jews Survived Nazi Germany By Hiding In Plain Sight

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Cars drive near Frankfurt Airport on Tuesday in Germany. Much of Germany's autobahn system has no speed limit, and a proposal to cap speeds at about 80 mph has sparked controversy. Silas Stein/picture alliance via Getty Image hide caption

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The "Big Maple Leaf" went on display at Berlin's Bode Museum in 2010. Thieves stole the gold coin with a face value of $1 million and weighing 220 pounds in a surprisingly analogue heist. Marcel Mettelsiefen/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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