ESTONIA THROUGH EUROVISION → Janika Sillamaa “Muretut meelt ja südametuld” 1993
1993 was Estonia’s first attempt to participate in Eurovision. The country failed to qualify that year, because of a qualification round installed for seven former Eastern bloc countries. The official Eurovision site does not count 1993 in Estonia’s list of appearances.
Today Germany, especially Berlin, is one of the few European countries with a Jewish community that is growing - it’s the fastest-growing worldwide. About 90,000 Jews from the former Eastern Bloc (mostly ex-Soviet Union) settled in Germany since the fall of the Wall. This is mainly due to a government policy which effectively grants immigration to anyone from the CIS & Baltic states with Jewish heritage, and the fact that today’s Germans are seen as significantly more accepting of Jews than many people in the ex-Soviet realm. Some of the ~60,000 long-time resident German Jews have expressed mixed feelings about this immigration that they perceive as making them a minority not only in their own country but also in their own community. Prior to WW2, about 600,000 Jews lived in Germany, with communities going back to the 4th century. >>
Total officially declared Jewish population: ~100,000 (0.1%). The religious status is unclear for a further 90,000 persons from Eastern Europe that have no official “membership” to a Jewish community in Germany. Union of Progressive Jews in Germany: 5,000. Central Council of Jews: 23 national associations of 108 communities comprising ~100,500 members in 2014. The government does not count people by religion so all numbers are estimates.
So with an estimated 100,000-200,000 people, Germany has the 3rd-largest Jewish population in Western Europe after France (600,000) and UK (300,000), and the fastest-growing Jewish population in Europe in recent decades. Source. Also read this.
1 & 2) Marder 1A2. West German IFV developed in the 1970s. Still in service in the 1A4 and A5 variant, but being phased out in favor of the Puma, one of the world’s best protected IFVs. does include a few unique features, such as the fully remote machine gun on the rear deck, it is overall a simple and conventional machine with rear exit hatch and side gun ports for mounted infantry to fire through. Acquired after the fall of the Soviet Union and the reduction of the German military.
3 & 4) GAZ-46 MAV. Russian amphibious car based off the Ford GPA amphibious vehicle. Developed in the 1950s and has been in use by various former Eastern Bloc countries ever since. Most notable for appearing in “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.”
5 & 6) BTR-70. Russian wheeled APC. The BTR-70 succeeded the flawed BTR-60, and while improving on the BTR-60, kept the terrible dual-engine configuration. The BTR-70 added heavier armor and new side doors below the belt line. However, since Soviet forces were taught to exit the vehicle while it was moving, there was significant hazard of being pulled under the wheels. Still in service with some 21 countries in various forms.
7 & 8) Pzkpfw IV. Nazi medium tank used extensively in WWII. The Panzer IV saw service in all combat theaters involving Germany and was the only German tank to remain in continuous production throughout the war. Some 8,500 were produced. This vehicle earns the distinction of being one of two vehicles in the entire collection that could not run. It was acquired from Israel, which had captured it from the Syrians during the Six-Day War.
9) Looking down the front row of Building One. Visible is a M5 Stuart, T-34, T-34-85, M26 Pershing, the barrel of the Swiss Pz. 61, the front bit of the M551 Sheridan and a M113 APC.
10) Daimler Ferret. The Ferret armoured car, also commonly called the Ferret Scout car, is a British armoured fighting vehicle designed and built for reconnaissance purposes. The Ferret was produced between 1952 and 1971 by the UK company Daimler. It was widely adopted by regiments in the British Army, as well as the RAF Regiment and Commonwealth countries throughout the period. It’s still in service with 10 countries, with Pakistan being the largest operator, holding some 90 Ferrets and then Nepal, with 85.
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Milica Šviglin Čavov, but she studied in Switzerland and practiced in Bulgaria.
Karola Maier-Milobar was the first female physician to practice in Croatia. Kornelija Sertić was the first female physician to graduate medical school in Croatia.