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Here are the Editor's Picks articles for the German Culture Site! These are the top ten articles that your German Culture Editor feels are most important for you to read. Enjoy!
1. Beef Rouladen, German Braised Beef Rolls Recipe
Rinderrouladen, "Beef Rouladen"; thin slices of beef rolled up around a seasoned onion and bacon filling, served in a wine sauce. A delicious German classic, once it was saved for celebrations or Sundays but now it's a traditional "cold weather" dinner choice.
2. Bird's Wedding, Children's Tradition in Sorbia
It is a January tradition for young children in Sorbian Lusatia, eastern Germany; the unique "Bird's Wedding". Dressed in miniature wedding costumes, the bride is a Magpie, her groom a Raven; or bride a Thrush and groom a Blackbird. While everyone, from guests to chaplain, are colorful "Birds".
3. Groundhog Day, Hedgehogs and Candlemas
Groundhog Day - a million dollar industry with Punxsutawney Phil the "forecasting" groundhog etc., but its origins are in a mixture of ancient European and German "Hedgehog" folklore, "Candlemas" a Christian festival, the weather, and pagan traditions surrounding February 2.
4. Germany, Cuckoo Clocks And The Black Forest
Cuckoo Clocks originated in Germany's Black Forest, not Switzerland; an invention using the time, and profiting from, snow filled winter months. Schwarzwald, filled with tradition, unspoiled scenery, Roman health resorts and a fascinating Clock Route.
5. Spring in Germany
Fruehling, Spring in Germany. It might be windy, even cold, but tables and chairs begin to appear outside Cafe's and Beer Gardens; Festivals, Cultural Events, Flowers, outdoor Sports and age old springtime traditions take over the country. All it needs is that first sign of Spring.
6. Hitlerland - American Eyewitnesses - A Review
Hitlerland - American Eyewitnesses to the Nazi Rise to Power, by former Newsweek staffer Andrew Nagorski, is an insight on 'interwar' life in Germany, from the view point of American journalists and socialites who lived there. Many were initially impressed when the Nazis took over.
7. Cologne Cathedral - Story of a Gothic Masterpiece
It took over 600 years to complete Cologne Cathedral. Construction began when the city was part of the Holy Roman Empire, but didn't finish until 1880 in a newly United Germany, with Wilhelm I as its first Emperor. A stunning building it is one of the country's most important monuments.
8. The Berlin Diaries, 1940-1945, Book Review
Life, revolutions and war changed Marie (Missie) Vassiltchikov’s predestined comfortable and privileged future, from that of a beautiful, spirited "White Russian" princess in Tsarist Russia to aristocratic, but penniless, refugee wandering Europe. Ending in Berlin during WWII.
9. Kaiserschmarrn and Caramelized Apples Recipe
Chopped pancakes with fruit for Breakfast, Lunch or Dessert, at Oktoberfest or in a bar. It might not be what Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria's chef had in mind when he invented what is now known as "Kaiserschmarrn", but a century later it is a favorite throughout Bavaria and Austria.
10. Germany 1946/47, The Hunger Winter
Europe lay in rubble, and the winter of 1946/1947 was the coldest in living memory. Known in Germany as the time of "Weisser Tod", white death, and "Schwarzer Hunger", black hunger, hundreds of thousands died. Weihnachten was different that year, the New Year and Spring held no promises.
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