German Bread - Fast Facts
With over 3050 registered varieties, Germany is a "Bread Paradise". Almost all available types of grain are used from wheat, rye, barley and oats to millet, corn, rice and potato starch, while bread rolls go under so many different names in the regions it is easier to just point.
Stolpersteine, Stones of Remembrance
Stolpersteine, Stumbling stones, the memorial built one stone at a time. Small "memory" blocks embedded in sidewalks in front of homes where victims of Nazism last lived freely, simple memorials giving their names and documenting their lives with the barest of details.
Volkstrauertag, Remembrance Day in Germany
November's Volkstrauertag in Germany commemorates all who died, or left to mourn, as victims of violence brought about by combat or oppression. Military and civilian, of all nationalities. From Europe's old battlefields to the armed conflicts and struggles in our present-day world.
Advent Wreaths and an Advent in Germany
Advent Wreaths don't decorate doors in Germany, they sit on flat surfaces or hang from a height and have four candles surrounded by evergreen foliage. One for each of Advent's four weeks. "Die Adventskränze", are just one of many traditions that are a part of Christmas in Germany.
Weckmann, A Bread Man Recipe
No November St. Martin's Day, or St. Nicholas, in German speaking countries would be complete without a "Stutenkerl", "Nikolaus" or "Weckmann". Same "Bread Man" just a different name depending on the region. A traditional sweet yeast dough holiday specialty, here is its story and a recipe.
St. Martin's Day in Germany, November 11
Germany's children bring light and music to Sankt Martinstag, St. Martin's Day. Candle lit lantern processions, singing, a "Weckmann" enjoyed by an open fire. Beginning with church services in his honor often the day ends with "Martinsgans" - But who was St. Martin?
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