Notes on German Culture

The story of Kaiser Friedrich III is a tale that ended sadly in 1888, “The year of three Emperors”

As the Crown Prince of Prussia, Friedrich was popular with the British royal family and in return he was fond of them and their more liberal policies. It makes me wonder what would have happened in 1914 if Friedrich had lived to be 90, the age achieved by his father Kaiser Wilhelm I. Could his… Continue reading The story of Kaiser Friedrich III is a tale that ended sadly in 1888, “The year of three Emperors”

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

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…

History Highlights, Prussia...Northern Germany

This German medal, nicknamed the “Blue Max”, has an interesting story to tell, including why it has a French name.

Prussian King Friedrich II (Frederick the Great) instituted the blue enameled cross “Pour le Merite” in June 1740 as a token of appreciation for those leaders in his army who distinguished themselves in the first Silesian War. The medal continued to be awarded for the next 180 years, gaining its greatest renown with Germany’s air aces… Continue reading This German medal, nicknamed the “Blue Max”, has an interesting story to tell, including why it has a French name.

History Highlights, Prussia...Northern Germany, Second Reich...1871 to 1918

If Friedrich had lived longer, he might have been able to change European alliances, preventing the outbreak of WWI and thus WWII

In Germany the year 1888 is remembered as the year of 3 Kaisers. Friedrich Wilhelm succeeded his father as Emperor in 1888, but ruled for only 98 days, before succumbing to throat cancer. Although still young at age 57, he was Emperor of Germany for only 3 months. Upon Friedrich’s death, his son Wilhelm II… Continue reading If Friedrich had lived longer, he might have been able to change European alliances, preventing the outbreak of WWI and thus WWII

Famous Artists, Notes on German Culture, Prussia...Northern Germany, Second Reich...1871 to 1918

Most of Menzel’s paintings were quickly gathered up by museums and patrons in Germany

“Dinner at the Ball” captures a moment in time during the high point of peace and prosperity in the German Empire. It was 7 years after the German unification of 1871 and was the era of Kaiser Wilhelm I and his Chancellor Bismarck, who created a booming economy and a foreign policy that produced 43… Continue reading Most of Menzel’s paintings were quickly gathered up by museums and patrons in Germany

First Reich...800 to 1806, History Highlights

The First Reich, or first German Empire, lasted 1000 years, succeeded by the Second Reich in 1871

The First German Empire lasted 1000 years. It was established in 800 AD, was reconfirmed in 962 AD and dissolved in 1806. Officially it was known as the Holy Roman Empire. After the death of Charlemagne, the Empire split into West Frankia… which gradually became France…and East Frankia which continued as the German Holy Roman… Continue reading The First Reich, or first German Empire, lasted 1000 years, succeeded by the Second Reich in 1871

Notes on German Culture, Prussia...Northern Germany, Second Reich...1871 to 1918

A cavalry of trumpeters led the royal carriage thru Berlin where a 72 gun salute started the dual wedding ceremony

In February 1906, the Silver Wedding Anniversary of the German Emperor and Empress was turned into a double wedding celebration when they gave their second son, Prince Eitel, permission to be married on the same day. Their son’s bride, the Duchess Sophie-Charlotte, was the daughter of the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Oldenburg. Only… Continue reading A cavalry of trumpeters led the royal carriage thru Berlin where a 72 gun salute started the dual wedding ceremony

German American, Notes on German Culture

Some interesting facts pertaining to German-Americans…updated with 2019 statistics

The first thing to know is that German Americans comprise about 43 million people as of 2019, making them the largest self-reported ancestry group in the U.S…the breakdown of the largest U.S. ancestry groups was: German Americans 15% African Americans 12% Mexican Americans 11% Irish Americans 11% English Americans 8% Even more amazing is that… Continue reading Some interesting facts pertaining to German-Americans…updated with 2019 statistics