In the 1300’s, the northern German city of Lübeck was the "Queen of the Hanseatic League", by far the largest and most powerful member of this medieval trade organization, with offices in many countries. Medieval Lübeck Trade routes and office locations of the German Hansa League Lübeck was the "Queen of the Hanseatic League" As… Continue reading Lübeck’s German offices in London were the largest medieval trading complex in Britain, from 1282 until 1853
Bismarck was the leading politician who created a new united German nation in 1871...a nation that became an economic powerhouse with a benevolent social policy. For example, he created safety nets such as the Sickness Insurance Law of 1883, the Accident Insurance Law of 1884, and the Old Age and Disability Insurance Law of 1889.… Continue reading Quality of life in the new German Empire compared favorably to America
When I recently saw the name Dr. Eisenbarth, I immediately recalled a melodious tune from my childhood: “Ich bin der Doktor Eisenbarth, Ja, Ja, Ja..” …that song still sits in my memory and suddenly spilled out. It is fascinating to learn that there actually was a real person named Johann Eisenbarth in the late 1600’s… Continue reading Ich bin der Doktor Eisenbarth, Ja, Ja, Ja..
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.