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Notes on German Culture

My thoughts regarding genealogy and family names in East Prussia

Here are some of my thoughts regarding genealogy and family names in northeast East Prussia (Ostpreussen) and Memel. Many people there had German ancestors who emigrated from Saltzburg and a variety of other German cities and states. But many of these families had a common denominator... the “eit” at the end of their Surnames. How… Continue reading My thoughts regarding genealogy and family names in East Prussia

Notes on German Culture

Nostalgic view of 19th century people working the fields

Right now... when most of us are staying safe indoors... is when we can appreciate the beautiful outdoors. In this painting we see a very blue sky filled with puffs of white cumulus clouds...a warm sun brightening golden fields of wheat...and a nostalgic view of 19th century people working the fields the old fashioned way.… Continue reading Nostalgic view of 19th century people working the fields

Notes on German Culture

When the ravens cease to fly around the mountain he will awake and restore Germany to its ancient greatness

Kaiser Friedrich Barbarossa is the subject of many legends, including that of a sleeping hero. Legend says he is not dead, but asleep with his knights in a cave in the Kyffhäuser Mountain in Thuringia, and that when the ravens cease to fly around the mountain he will awake and restore Germany to its ancient… Continue reading When the ravens cease to fly around the mountain he will awake and restore Germany to its ancient greatness

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An excerpt from a huge beautiful painting that took 6 years to complete.

This huge beautiful painting of Berlin in 1822 took the artist Franz Krüger 6 years to complete. Depicted below is a part of the painting detailing a parade in Berlin in 1822, showing part of the audience viewing the parade from the sidelines, giving us a finely detailed look at a wide range of society… Continue reading An excerpt from a huge beautiful painting that took 6 years to complete.

History Highlights

Germany was winning WWI until summer 1918

WWI ended slightly over one hundred years ago, but the repercussions of this conflict were long lasting and immense. One little known example is the German government's final WWI reparations payment that was made in October, 2010. Germany has always felt a deep sense of injustice regarding the 1919 Versailles Treaty. The treaty incorrectly decreed… Continue reading Germany was winning WWI until summer 1918

History Highlights, Notes on German Culture, Old Germany...lost territory, prussia, Teutonic Knights..Deutscher Orden

Teutonic Knights and their descendants, the Baltic Germans, prospered for 700 years in north eastern Europe.

Teutonic Knights have such a compelling history...their story has all the makings of a great mini-series. In its first 200 years, the Teutonic Order was invincible. Its heavy cavalry of ordained Catholic monks, clad in white surcoats with black crosses, numbered some 3000 men. They were the best in Europe and formed the core of… Continue reading Teutonic Knights and their descendants, the Baltic Germans, prospered for 700 years in north eastern Europe.

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Johann Sebastian Bach personally designed his Monogram

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) portrait at age 61 by Elias Gottlob Haussmann....Bach's portrait from 1746 is flanked by his Monogram.... Bach personally designed his Monogram which cleverly consists of the intertwined letters JSB, superimposed over their mirror image. He then topped the design with a crown. Bach took the liberty of adding a crown due… Continue reading Johann Sebastian Bach personally designed his Monogram

Notes on German Culture, prussia

Frederick wore a soldiers tunic and one decoration… the Order of the Black Eagle Breast Star.

Frederick the Great was never the type of Monarch to flaunt his royal status...for example, he said a crown was merely a hat that let the rain in....and he never wore any royal regalia. What he did wear was a soldiers tunic and one decoration, the Order of the Black Eagle Breast Star. The motto… Continue reading Frederick wore a soldiers tunic and one decoration… the Order of the Black Eagle Breast Star.

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If a nobleman wanted a woman, he simply took possession of her

That is how it was in the first half of the Middle Ages... from the 5th to 11th centuries. If a nobleman wanted a woman, he simply took possession of her. The concept of love and chivalry were unknown. But, by the end of the 12th century, leaders such as the German Kaiser Heinrich VI… Continue reading If a nobleman wanted a woman, he simply took possession of her

History Highlights, prussia

The quick German victory over France stunned neutral observers in 1870

In this famous image by Professor Wilhelm Camphausen, Bismarck is conversing with Napoleon III after the French Emperor was captured at the Battle of Sedan on September 2, 1870. Two months earlier, in July 1870, on the tenuous pretext of opposing a Hohenzollern appointment to the throne of Spain, the French Empire declared war on… Continue reading The quick German victory over France stunned neutral observers in 1870