Dr. Uta Larkey’s talk “Mehrfach gefährdet: Polnische Juden in Leipzig vor und nach der Polenaktion 1938″ (Under Multiple Threats: Polish Jews in Leipzig and the Polenaktion of 1938) argues that the mass expulsion of Polish Jews in October 1938 was the first unprecedented, vicious act against Jews in Nazi Germany. The focus on the deportations from Saxony/Germany to the German-Polish border through interviews, testimonies, letters and historical documents highlights the brutal deportation of Polish Jews to the “green border” between Germany and Poland. The talk also details the direct connection between the expulsion of Polish Jews from Germany (Polenaktion) and the November pogrom (Kristallnacht). The talk was co-sponsored by the Polish Institute in Leipzig.
DEUTSCHLAND 83 is a gripping coming-of-age story set against the real culture wars and political events of Germany in the 1980s. The drama follows Martin Rauch (Jonas Nay) as the 24 year-old East Germany native is pulled from the world as he knows it and sent to the West as an undercover spy for the Stasi foreign service. Hiding in plain sight in the West German army, he must gather the secrets of NATO military strategy. Everything is new, nothing is quite what it seems and everyone he encounters is harboring secrets, both political and personal.
Episode 1: 09/24; Episode 2:09/30
Käsespätzle, Reibekuchen, Spinatknödel?! German cuisine is difficult to define as “one” cuisine as it is shaped by many regional dishes and specialties. In our German 120 class (second semester German), students learn about the German cuisine and discuss typical dishes and regional specialties. Very often, students express their love for certain dishes during these classes and find it hard just “to talk” about them. This spring semester, German 120 students did not only discuss German cuisine in class, but also cooked some of the dishes themselves with their professor Antje Krüger. During a cooking night, students tried the following dishes: Kartoffelpuffer (potato pancakes), Wiener Schnitzel (Viennese Schnitzel), Grüner Salat (mixed garden salad with a yoghurt dressing) and Laugenbrezeln (pretzels). Aside from a short “trial-and-error” phase with regards to frying, and weighing some of the ingredients with the metric system, all of the dishes turned out very well. The students got a good taste of German cuisine and of its reputation as comfort food in its own right. – Antje Krüger
The German Program presents a lecture by music journalist Birgit Reuther, Tuesday, April 14, at 7 p.m. in the Batza Room, Ungar Athenaeum 448.
When thinking of Germany, pop music might not be the first thing that comes to mind. In her lecture, Reuther explains how the history of the country delayed and influenced Germany’s pop culture. What music did the German post war era listen to? How did the artists in East and West Germany act differently? And what does the reunited country sound like?
Learn how it became more and more common to produce pop music in the German language and how the lyrics reflected the political and social situation of every decade. The lecture also addresses whether or not pop these days affirms or criticizes the mainstream.
Birgit Reuther is an editor for the culture section of the daily newspaper Hamburger Abendblatt. Her specialties are pop and subculture.
Sponsored by the Evelyn Myers ’37 endowed lecture fund. – Antje Krüger
The movie will be introduced by Dr. Johannes Birke.
(2012, directed by Marten Persiel)
“A spirited not-quite-documentary portrait of the skateboarding subculture that flourished in East Germany in the early 1980s.”
(Scott Foundas, Variety)
The Ritchie Boys tells the story of American soldiers who used their German language skills and cultural knowledge of Germany to fight against Nazi Germany. Many of them were persecuted by the Nazi regime and had to leave Germany in the 1930s. They were trained in Camp Ritchie, MD, in intelligence and psychological warfare and then send to Europe. The surviving Ritchie Boys are in their eighties and nineties now. They never met for reunions; they did not join veteran associations. In the end, the Ritchie Boys quietly left the war behind them and went on to enjoy quite remarkable careers – in arts and politics, in business and academia. In ”The Ritchie Boys” these remarkable, funny, sharp, brave men share their memories with us.
The event will be followed by remarks from Wolf Thormann (Professor Emeritus). He served in the US Army as one of the “Ritchie Boys.” Professor Thormann was a Professor of French at Goucher College from 1960-1989. In addition, he served as chair of the Modern Languages Department for numerous years. Wolf Thormann was born in Frankfurt, Germany, emigrated with his family to France in 1933, and came to the US in 1941.
Please join us for a presentation that will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall. We will screen a documentary that explores the history of the Berlin Wall and how the STASI (secret police) observed, oppressed and persecuted GDR citizens. We will follow the short documentary with a look at three graphic novels that tell different personal stories about the GDR. You will hear about an escape attempt via tunnel, the story of a teenager who was observed by the STASI for his involvement in the GDR peace movement, and the autobiographical account of an artist who left the GDR with his parents in the beginning 1980s. The presentation will also feature an exhibition of one of the graphic novels (translated into English).
presenters: Antje Krueger, Justine Ruhlin (’15)
Join us for a commemoration of Kristallnacht, featuring Holocaust oral history storytelling performed by Gabrielle Spear, Nadav Marcus, Katie Mowrer, and Hannah Spiegelman. All of these students took Dr. Uta Larkey’s class “Oral Histories of Holocaust Survivors” in the past.
The program will also feature a musical performance of “Voice From The Annex”, Opus 46 – a song-cycle for Mezzo-Soprano and Piano, composed in 1990 by Jose A. Bowen with words from “The Diary of a Young Girl” by Anne Frank, performed by Goucher sophomore Charlotte Khuner, soprano and Goucher Professor of Music Lisa Weiss, piano. Justine Ruhlin (’15, History/German) organized the program for this event.
Gillian Ziegler (’14) presented his History Senior Thesis on May 8th 2014. He explored the impact of the so called ’48ers – German Liberals who had left Germany after the failed Revolution of 1848 – on the political scene in Baltimore. In particular, he discussed the election of 1860 and the role of the “Baltimore Wecker” – a daily newspaper published in German – within this political campaign. The presentation was followed by a lively Q& A. About 30 people attended the presentation which ended with a toast to all graduating seniors, namely Gilian Ziegler, Kari Schulz, Levi Jones, Zvi Shoval, Adam Mosley, Mike Christian, and Sophia Hausner.
In May 2014, Antje Krüger was invited to a symposium in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies at the University of Georgia. The symposium was titled “Triangular Readings in German Literature and Culture.” It aimed at the development of scholarship on the role of the Third in German literature and culture as well as on triangulation as a method of inquiry in literary scholarship. The meeting brought together scholars, both junior and senior, from North America and Europe whose areas of expertise range from medieval to 21st-century German literature and culture. Antje Krüger’s lecture was titled “Das Un-erhörte Erzählen”: Uwe Timm’s Poetics of Daily Life” and investigated third position in Uwe Timm’s works. See here for more information