Volkstrauertag

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The Volkstrauertag (People’s Day of Mourning), was founded in 1919 to commemorate those who died in WWI.  The day was intended to create a bond between those who did not suffer losses and the dependents of the fallen soldiers.  During the National Socialist regime a law was passed making this …

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Helping Shape America

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German-Americans in the US Congress from 1789 to the Present. The German American Heritage Museum, in conjunction with the U.S. Capitol Historical Society, has created a series of exhibits on the contributions of German Americans to the history of the United States Congress. The first of two planned exhibits, tells …

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Cosmic Catastrophes

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World sunsets, cosmic disasters, asteroid strikes, the Earth’s magnetic field collapses, solar storms destroy power grids … What dangers threaten us from outer space? How likely are asteroids or Kometeneinstürze? Can you predict this?  Are massive solar flares predicted, paralyzing our high-tech world? What threatens your neighborhood, a supernova explosion? …

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German American Day

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German Day was celebrated in the 19th century and revived in 1987 as German-American Day. Most instrumental in establishing German-American Day at the time were President Elsbeth Seewald of the German American National Congress (DANK), Drs. Eberhard and Ruth Reichmann of the German Heritage Society of Indiana, Dr. Don Heinrich …

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The Bean of Choice

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Shortly after the Civil War, in 1867, Gustav Goelitz and his younger brother Albert traveled to America from their family home in the Harz Mountain region of Germany. It is the highest mountain chain in northern Germany, occupying parts of the German states of Lower Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia.  Within …

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Look, Your Wurst! It’s Oktoberfest

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This year the 178th original Oktoberfest is taking place in Munich from September 17 – October 3.  For German communities around the world local Oktoberfests are an opportunity to celebrate their heritage and if nothing else have an extremely “gut” time. Besides beer, Oktoberfest requires one other main essential: Wurst! …

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Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben

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The German-American Steuben Parade is an annual parade held in various cities across the United States. The New York City parade is held every third Saturday in September. It was founded in 1957 by German-American immigrants who, being part of the largest ethnic group in the United States, wanted to …

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Book Review: The Hangman’s Daughter

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Book by Oliver Pötzsch and translated by Lee Chadeayne Original title in German: Die Henkerstochter This is a historic, fast paced crime novel that takes place in the 17th century medieval Bavarian town of Schongau (there was no German state yet). The superstitious townspeople are thrown into a frenzied panic when Martha …

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Will the True Dutchman Please Stand Up

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First of all, we can quickly dispose of the “Pennsylvania Dutch” misnomer. The term is more properly “Pennsylvania German” because the so-called Pennsylvania Dutch have nothing to do with Holland, the Netherlands, or the Dutch language. These people originally came from German-speaking areas of Europe and spoke a dialect of …

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English Language Endangered in Pennsylvania

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More than a third of all Pennsylvanians speak a native language other than English – and many of them have not even tried to learn English since immigrating, or at least prefer to carry out their daily lives in another language, living together in neighborhoods where their native language dominates. …

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