Famous Artists, History Highlights

Frederick the Great playing the flute, accompanied by C. P. E. Bach

This candlelit scene depicts an 18th century “Flute Concert at Sanssouci”. It’s a painting by Adolph von Menzel, showing Frederick II of Prussia, known to history as Frederick the Great, playing the flute in his music room at Sanssouci, accompanied by C. P. E. Bach on the harpsichord.  As a musician, Frederick wrote 4 symphonies… Continue reading Frederick the Great playing the flute, accompanied by C. P. E. Bach

History Highlights, Notes on German Culture

If the East Prussian moose antler symbol could speak it would say: Germany, forget me not!

My message with this image is that today's Germans should remember and honor the history of East Prussia. This relatively small part of old Germany, the easternmost part of Germany once mentioned in the national anthem, played an oversized role in history. But the descendants of these East Prussians are now dispersed all over the… Continue reading If the East Prussian moose antler symbol could speak it would say: Germany, forget me not!

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Frederick Muhlenberg, First Speaker of the House, came from a remarkable family of German-Americans

The first Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives in 1789 was a German-American, Frederick Muhlenberg. In Joseph Wright’s 1790 portrait of Frederick Muhlenberg, the Speaker's likeness bears out contemporary descriptions of Muhlenberg’s rosy complexion and ample dimensions. Frederick Muhlenberg , a German-American, in 1790 https://www.zazzle.com/z/lnmqb?rf=238867431996750251 Although born in Pennsylvania, his immigrant father made sure… Continue reading Frederick Muhlenberg, First Speaker of the House, came from a remarkable family of German-Americans

History Highlights, Notes on German Culture

Berlin was once located in the center of Germany…now the German capital is oddly situated right next to the eastern border.

Berlin in 1939 Current map of Germany with Berlin at eastern border On a map of the German Empire in 1871, you can see that Berlin was once located in the center of Germany. The location of Berlin within German borders is the most glaring difference between old and modern Germany. When you look at… Continue reading Berlin was once located in the center of Germany…now the German capital is oddly situated right next to the eastern border.

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There is a German-American link to US independence…The crucial victory at Yorktown

American Flag 1776...13 stars and 13 stripes representing the original 13 colonies that declared independence from Great Britain on July 4th 1776. It was the battle at Yorktown in 1781 that was Washington’s last roll of the dice to determine America’s future. Victory at Yorktown would be the battle that could finally assure America’s independence… Continue reading There is a German-American link to US independence…The crucial victory at Yorktown

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Ludwig Erhard crafted West Germany’s post-World War II economic recovery, the German “economic miracle.”

Erhard shepherded the new West German economy through a recovery that outpaced the growth of all the European countries that had won the war. Some credit for European recovery is due to the Marshall Plan, which provided assistance of $12 billion (equivalent to $120 billion today) but it was spread among 18 countries...for example, Britain… Continue reading Ludwig Erhard crafted West Germany’s post-World War II economic recovery, the German “economic miracle.”

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The West’s premier work on the philosophy of war, was written in Germany by Clausewitz in his spare time as a Prussian officer.

“On War”, the West's premier work on the philosophy of war, was written by Clausewitz in his spare time as a Prussian officer. It was not even published until after his death, yet his ideas have been widely influential in military theory and have had a strong influence on German military thought specifically. Prussian German… Continue reading The West’s premier work on the philosophy of war, was written in Germany by Clausewitz in his spare time as a Prussian officer.

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Triumphs of Maximilian, 1519…one of the largest prints ever produced

This image is an excerpt from a magnificent piece of art that is 177 feet long…commissioned in 1512 and still unfinished by 1519, when its benefactor died. The project was entitled: Triumphs of Maximilian, also referred to as the Triumphal Procession of Maximilian I. The composite image was printed from over 130 separate wood blocks… Continue reading Triumphs of Maximilian, 1519…one of the largest prints ever produced

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Frederick the Great was a commander who repeatedly, even joyfully, risked everything on a single day’s battle

Frederick the Great was a commander who repeatedly, even joyfully, risked everything on a single day's battle - his army, his kingdom, often his very life. At a battle near Berlin in 1759, he probably came closest to losing his life. The image shown here depicts that moment…it is an excerpt from an old tapestry… Continue reading Frederick the Great was a commander who repeatedly, even joyfully, risked everything on a single day’s battle

History Highlights, Notes on German Culture, Old Germany...lost territory

The German area of Alsace Lorraine was once again given to France in 1945

Alsace-Lorraine was territory west of the Rhine River that was part of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation.. For over 700 years It was known as Elsass-Lothringen... from the 10th to the 17th century... populated with people who for the most part spoke Alemannic German dialects. However, France long desired their eastern border… Continue reading The German area of Alsace Lorraine was once again given to France in 1945