Notes on German Culture, Old Germany...lost territory, prussia

In 1902, Kaiser Wilhelm II made a trip to the Marienburg in West Prussia

A moment in time at the start of the 20th century…one of many that the Marienburg Castle witnessed during its 747 years of existence in northern Europe, from 1274 to 2021. On this occasion in 1902, Kaiser Wilhelm II made the trip to West Prussia to participate in the consecration of Virgin Mary’s Church in… Continue reading In 1902, Kaiser Wilhelm II made a trip to the Marienburg in West Prussia

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When the French declared war on Prussia in 1870, they were overconfident.

This painting by Anton von Werner shows German Crown Prince Friedrich Wilhelm contemplating the corpse of French General Abel Douay, on the first day of the Franco-Prussian War in August 1870. When the French declared war on Prussia in 1870, they were overconfident. They assumed an easy victory and seriously underestimated the strength and experience… Continue reading When the French declared war on Prussia in 1870, they were overconfident.

Notes on German Culture

Baltic Germans were the legacy of the 300 year old Teutonic State that ended in 1525

The Germans that colonized and built cities in the lands bordering the Baltic Sea were referred to as Baltic Germans. They ruled regions named Prussia, Kurland, Memel, and Livonia which are now known as the Baltic States: Latvia, Estonia, and northern parts of Lithuania and Poland. German culture thrived in these regions for 700 years.… Continue reading Baltic Germans were the legacy of the 300 year old Teutonic State that ended in 1525

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There once existed a German state, governed by Warrior Monks, that ruled over all the lands along the Baltic Sea for 300 years

Much of German history is not well known …for example, there were successful Crusades conducted in northern Europe for hundreds of years and the largest castle ever built in Europe was a German crusader castle, the Marienburg. There once existed a German state, governed by Warrior Monks, that ruled over all the lands along the… Continue reading There once existed a German state, governed by Warrior Monks, that ruled over all the lands along the Baltic Sea for 300 years

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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 betrayal of the 1918 Armistice terms which… Continue reading Germany was winning WWI until summer 1918

Notes on German Culture, Old Germany...lost territory, prussia

The city of Breslau in Silesia has a long German history, but it is no longer part of Germany

This is an artist’s rendering of Breslau’s Old City Hall, from an early 20th century series of prints used by the Norddeutscher Lloyd (North German Lloyd) ship company, operating out of Bremen, Germany. The city of Breslau in Silesia has a long German history, but it is no longer part of Germany. It’s the same… Continue reading The city of Breslau in Silesia has a long German history, but it is no longer part of Germany

Notes on German Culture

They trekked through innumerable northern German towns and cities wearing their unfamiliar Austrian style clothing

Imagine a long stream of people walking day after day from Saltzburg to Berlin, creating a sensation as they trekked through innumerable northern German towns and cities wearing their unfamiliar Austrian style clothing. In 1982 a German postage stamp celebrated this event on the 250th anniversary of the arrival of Salzburg Emigrants in Prussia in… Continue reading They trekked through innumerable northern German towns and cities wearing their unfamiliar Austrian style clothing

Notes on German Culture

Ten women’s folk costumes of old Germany

These Trachten, or folk costumes, represent 10 areas of old Germany… these images were used on a series of postage stamps issued early in the 20th century Germany. EXPLORE BRAND NEW PRODUCTS WITH IMAGES FROM MY BLOG https://edsimoneit.redbubble.com/

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

This photo brings back memories of my parents who lived in Königsberg

My parents lived in Königsberg and were married there in 1940. The city was the capital of East Prussia in Germany. I remember a photo of them in 1937 in a rowboat on this large castle lagoon, the one pictured here. And stories of how they had dinner in the somewhat spooky Königsberg Castle’s Blutgericht… Continue reading This photo brings back memories of my parents who lived in Königsberg

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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. You may wonder…why were there so many Baltic Germans in Latvia and Estonia, as well as Germans in Lithuania and Russia not even… Continue reading Migration routes of Baltic Germans in 1939