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

Migration routes of Baltic Germans in 1939

This historic map shows migration routes of Baltic Germans in 1939. This migration was voluntary, administered by the German government, in order to safely re-settle all ethnic Germans back into the Reich. Migration routes of Baltic Germans to Greater Germany (Grossdeutschland) in 1939 You may wonder...why were there so many Baltic Germans in Latvia and… Continue reading Migration routes of Baltic Germans in 1939

Notes on German Culture

If you have ever wondered why some of Germany’s war heroes in WWI and WWII have French names…

... the reason for this dates back to 1685 and the Great Elector and his successors. The Great Elector followed a policy of religious freedom and after French King Louis XIV's revocation of the Edict of Nantes, Frederick William encouraged skilled French and Walloon Huguenots to emigrate to Brandenburg-Prussia. His Edict of Potsdam welcomed the… Continue reading If you have ever wondered why some of Germany’s war heroes in WWI and WWII have French names…

Notes on German Culture

A German Duke of Saxony simultaneously also ruled as King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania

“August der Starke” (Augustus the Strong) was an unusual man, not only because of his fabled strength, but most interesting to me is that he was a German Duke of Saxony who simultaneously also ruled as King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania. He inherited his German dukedom by birthright, but his rule over… Continue reading A German Duke of Saxony simultaneously also ruled as King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania

Notes on German Culture, prussia

The motto engraved upon the Breast Star encapsulates how Prussia was ruled

The Order of the Black Eagle Breast Star was an award granted by the Kings of Prussia and its design contains a tantalizing clue as to how the small Kingdom came to grow so powerful. The motto that is engraved upon the Breast Star was taken seriously and one that the Prussian kings lived by… Continue reading The motto engraved upon the Breast Star encapsulates how Prussia was ruled

History Highlights, Notes on German Culture

Interesting German historical and cultural facts

See my short and concise articles in a Blog format...a menu format with links to each topic. Try it out by clicking on the menu bar at top to browse all articles... or type a keyword into the search box and find all articles that contain your keyword. Below are just a few examples of… Continue reading Interesting German historical and cultural facts

Notes on German Culture, WWI...First World War

Large wooden Nail Man statues were set up in cities all over Germany and Austria in WWI.

The image here is of a 1915 poster from Königsberg, the capital city of East Prussia. The poster shows a large dark knight against a colorful German Imperial Eagle banner with text announcing the dedication of an Iron Warrior, known as Der Eiserne Wehrmann. The text explains that the event will be held to collect… Continue reading Large wooden Nail Man statues were set up in cities all over Germany and Austria in WWI.

History Highlights, Notes on German Culture

Olympic Games 1936…a lot of things are discussed but the fact that Germany won the most medals of every color is never mentioned

The summer Olympics of 1936 were held in Berlin, Germany. Berlin had previously been chosen to host the 1916 Summer Olympics, but they were cancelled due to the First World War. I have seen documentaries over the years, but I always was left with the impression that the United States was the winner over an… Continue reading Olympic Games 1936…a lot of things are discussed but the fact that Germany won the most medals of every color is never mentioned

First Reich...800 to 1806, Notes on German Culture, Teutonic Knights..Deutscher Orden

For 300 years two men were included in the daily prayers of the Teutonic Knights

The Teutonic Knights were warrior monks who fought to convert pagans to Christianity and also built and governed their Monastic State of the Teutonic Order all along the Baltic coast in northern Europe. At the core of their organization was a group of 3000 highly trained and well equipped warrior monks...men who also gave up… Continue reading For 300 years two men were included in the daily prayers of the Teutonic Knights

Bavaria, Notes on German Culture

Eppelein von Gailingen was a robber baron in the Middle Ages, immortalized by folk song

This image features Eppelein von Gailingen (1310 to 1381), who was a famous German robber baron in the Middle Ages. Gailingen belonged to the class of original robber barons, who supplemented their income with unauthorized tolls and, sometimes, flat-out theft.  The term "robber barons" is derived from a medieval term, in German “Raubritter”, describing men… Continue reading Eppelein von Gailingen was a robber baron in the Middle Ages, immortalized by folk song

Notes on German Culture

An 1844 German postal coach encounters its evolution just 100 years later

A time warp image exemplifying how time flies faster than we can comprehend....From a Lufthansa poster celebrating 25 years of airmail service in 1944. "Tempus Fugit"... already in ancient times the Romans felt that time flies. Today it seems that time flies even faster. Think about our own lives flitting along with incredible changes in… Continue reading An 1844 German postal coach encounters its evolution just 100 years later