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  • Frau Eisen sat on her porch and smiled, watching Herr Eisen erect the Hochzeitsbaum in the garden to celebrate their marriage. Following local tradition the blue and white post would stand till the birth of their first child, Fifty years later, now a widow, Frau Eisen stood alone looking at the blue and white post, freshly painted each year, and cried a tear in the cool Bavarian dawn.
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