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It is tricky, but you CAN find a person with a common German name. Here's how:
1) Search the German online phone directory:
Search is in either English, German or French. You can locate private phone numbers, addresses and businesses. You can search just with a name, but it helps if you know a town or a street address for the person. The server will give you a list of hits, which you can print. This is your best bet.
2) A similar page is:
(you can also search in English, but the page is more complicated)
3) Alternatively, try a general server for Germany, such as Lycos:
You can do a general search there (only recommended if you can speak some German), but they also search for e-mail addresses.