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Baroness Gertrude von Lefort (1876–1971) is the author of over 20 books (poems, novels and short stories), honorary Doctor of Theology and «the greatest contemporary transcendent poet. Her works are appreciated for their breath-taking profoundness and virtuosity, beauty and actuality of her ideas, and for the sophisticated refinement of the form. Hermann Hesse, who evaluated her talent, proposed her as a candidate for the Nobel Prize. Dialogues des Carmélites: From novel to opera Von le Fort was born in Westphalia, Germany, and studied at the Universities of Heidelberg and Berlin. A Protestant of Huguenot descent, von le Fort converted early to Catholicism. Her novel Die Letze am Schafott (The Last or Song at the Scaffold), by far her most famous work, was the basis for Dialogues of the Carmelites. Set during the time of the French Revolution, the von le Fort novel tells the story of a troubled, frightened, and strange girl, Blanche de la Force, who has lived in fear from the moment of her birth. To overcome her affliction, she decides to become a nun of Carmel. Little does she know that she is no safer from fear at this convent than in the secular world. The character of Blanche was von le Fort’s creation, but the other nuns in the story historical figures. / Ernst Wiechert [born Ernst Wiechert [born 18. Mai 1887 in Ostpreußen] was the son of a forest warden and grew up in a rural atmosphere. After completing stuie as a pedagogue he volunteered for military service in World War 1 and his war expereinces influenced his subject matter in his works written in the 1920s, for example the novel „Der Totenwolf
Gertrud von le Fort  Baroness Gertrude von Lefort (1876–1971) is the author of over 20 books (poems, novels and short stories), honorary Doctor of Theology and «the greatest contemporary transcendent poet». Her works are appreciated for their breath-taking profoundness and virtuosity, beauty and actuality of her ideas, and for the sophisticated refinement of the form. Hermann Hesse, who evaluated her talent, proposed her as a candidate for the Nobel Prize. Von le Fort was born in Westphalia, Germany, and studied at the Universities of Heidelberg and Berlin. A Protestant of Huguenot descent, von le Fort converted early to Catholicism. Her novel Die Letze am Schafott (The Last or Song at the Scaffold), by far her most famous work, was the basis for Dialogues of the Carmelites. Set during the time [continuation] / Ernst Wiechert   [born in 1887 in East Prussia] was the son of a forest warden and grew up in a rural atmosphere. After completing studies as a pedagogue he volunteered for military service in World War 1 and his war experiences influenced his subject matter in his works written in the 1920s, for example the novel „Der Totenwolf" (1922). In 1930 he experienced what he described as an epiphany of grace.  He settled in Upper Bavaria and gained a large readership among those who regarded him as a moral beacon. His novels  „Die Majorin" (1933)  and „Hirtennovelle" (1935) were among the most popular works of the period. Since Wiechert's works were connected to hearth and home, the Nazis  regarded him favorably. until Wiechert displayed his opposition to the Nazi policies. After his public address „Der Dichter und die Zeit", in which he criticized the role of the state in setting cultural standards, [continuation] 

Eight Minute Global Readings and Exercises

Eight Minute Global Reading for November 8:
  Click the link above;  The article contains grammar and vocabulary far beyond what you know now. Read the article for who-what-where-when , looking up no vocabulary; devote no more than 8 minutes to this. Print the article out and bring to class. 
Eight Minute Global Reading for October 11:
  Click the link above;  The article contains grammar and vocabulary far beyond what you know now. Read the article for who-what-where-when [and maybe why], looking up no vocabulary; devote no more than 8 minutes to this. Print the article out and bring to class. 
Eight Minute Global Reading for October 4:
 
Eight Minute Global Reading for September 27:
 

Heinrich der Löwe

Am 1.2.1168 heiratete Heinrich im Dom zu Minden seine zweite Frau Mathilde, die erst 12 Jahre alte Tochter des Königs von England Heinrich II..  Mathilde war eine Schwester von Richard Löwenherz. Diese Heirat begründete die enge Verbindung der Welfen mit dem englischen Könighaus, so daß im 19. Jahrhundert sogar die Könige (bzw. der Kurfürst) von Hannover gleichzeitig auch Könige von Großbritannien waren.

Read the article for who-what-where-when [and maybe why], looking up no vocabulary; devote no more than 8 minutes to this. Print the article out and bring to class.  Why does the first sentence end with 2 periods?

Computer Generated Translation for September 20
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Eight Minute Global Reading for September 20- click here:
 
Schinkel Neue Wache    Bertolt Brecht / Elisabeth Hauptmann  from Atlantic Monthly, Volume 292, No. 1
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Learning Aids

 
Germanic Language Tree Schematic showing the historical relationships of English with High German and with the other Germanic languages. For detailed background information on the individual Germanic Languages click HERE. A very short and simple list of Definitions of Parts of Speech gives a quick overview of grammatical concepts that apply both to English and German
This list of Strong verbs in German -- starke Verben in Deutsch lists the forms of approximately 100 strong German verbs. [NB link!] A succinct on-line Grammar of German from William and Mary offers a quick survey of grammar elements.
Deutsche Phonetik offers practice in  pronunciation of some common German sounds using everyday vocabulary and using RealAudio. Keyboarding German text with the US-International Keyboard in Windows 95/98 and XP  This keyboard allows easy typing of those symbols peculiar to German as well as those for standard English.
Subjunctive Outline Forms of the subjunctive used in indirect discourse and in contrary to fact conditional sentences. Passive Voice Outline A comparison of the forms and meanings of werden [1] when used as a main verb with an adjective or with a noun or [2] the forms of werden when used to form the passive voice.
Fraktur: a link for practice in Fraktur, the printed version of German text used before WW1 and also 1933-1935.

Several practice readings are also presented.

Suetterlin Handwriting Example and linkSütterlin handwriting, the German equivalent to the Palmer Method. For use in reading handwritten materials from about 1900 to 1950. Especially helpful for genealogical purposes.

 

Click HERE to go Home Kalenderblatt für Heute  [Today in History - from a German perspective; also includes name days and saints' days.] Weather Forecast in German or English
Berlin Wetter auf Deutsch, HIER klicken
Vienna weather in English CLICK HERE
 

         German Language Cultural Events in Washington

  • German Unification Symposium Historical Upheavals, Fractured Identities: A Conversation with Monika Maron Monday – October 3, form 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. at the German Historical Institute1607 New Hampshire Avenue, N.W. PROGRAM (A simultaneous translation from German into English will be provided) 2:00 p.m. Kaffee und Kuchen (Dessert Reception) 2:30 p.m. Welcome Christof Mauch (Director, German Historical Institute) 2:45 p.m. Historical Upheavals, Fractured Identities: A Conversation with Monika Maron Monika Please RSVP by September 26, 2005 (acceptances only) Phone: 202.387.3355 – Fax: 202. 387.6437 – E-mail: C.Brown@ghi-dc.org  German Historical Institute | 1607 New Hampshire Ave., NW |Tel. (202) 387-33 55 | Fax. (202) 483-34 30 | email info@ghi-dc.org 
  • Theater “The Trial” by Franz Kafka Adapted by Steven Berkoff, directed by Robert McNamara through October 16, 2005 Thursday, Friday, Saturday 8:00 pm Saturday, Sunday 3:00 pm ú at the Scena Theatre/Warehouse Theatre 1021 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC Tickets: $20-$25. For reservations and tickets call: 703-684-7990
  • Tatort / Scene of the Crime [German detective series with English subtitles]: Landmines Sunday, October 23 and Tuesday, October 25 at 8:00 PMon MHz (WNVC) Virginia PBS Channel 56. When a landmine explodes and kills a man in Cologne, Inspectors Ballauf and Schenk suspect a connection to the victim's job: he headed a foundation that removes landmines in Angola but seems to be following another, less humanitarian, agenda...
  • Until  October 21, 2005 The German Historical Institute is pleased to announce Six Perspectives on the Abstracta show of works by the Independent Artists Forum. This exhibition has been planned in conjunction with the GHI’s fall lecture series One Hundred Years of German Expressionism: 202 387-3355 German Historical Institute 1607 New Hampshire Ave., NW Washington, DC 20009
  • Wednesday, October 26, 4 – 7 pm Thursday, October 27, 11 am – 2 pm SPECIAL EVENT Sauerbraten For generations, Zion’s homemade Sauerbraten dinners and luncheons have been packed events. This year they will be accompanied by an authentic Bavarian Beer Hall in the Adlersaal. Tickets $9.50 More information
  • For those who wish to practice German in an informal setting, join Friends of the Goethe-Institut at Stammtisch Thursday, October 27, at Whitlow’s on Wilson, 2854 Wilson Blvd. Arlington (Metro: Clarendon) from 6 - 8 pm. RSVP to 202-682-9041.
  • Austrians in Exile Clemens Jabloner: "Hans Kelsen: Law and Civilization in Modern Times" Hans Kelsen (1881-1973) was one of the most influential jurists of the 20th century. He was the main author of the Austrian Constitution which was adopted in 1920. After having been dismissed from the Austrian Constitutional Court for political reasons in 1930, he went to teach international law in Cologne and, after the rise to power of the Nazi party in Germany, in Geneva. In 1940 he emigrated to the U.S., where he taught at Harvard Law School and since 1942 at the University of California at Berkeley. Kelsen devoted considerable attention to issues relating to the maintenance of peace and international cooperation. His influence continues to be felt in areas as far-ranging as the general theory of law (Pure Theory of Law), critical legal positivism (constitutional law and international law), philosophy of law (issues of justice, natural law), sociology, political theory and critiques of ideology. Clemens Jabloner is the President of the Administrative Court, one of the three highest courts of the Austrian judiciary. In 1998 he was appointed Chair of the Historical Commission of the Republic of Austria on looting of property in the territory of the Republic of Austria during the Nazi era. He has published a number of studies on Hans Kelsen and is the Executive Secretary of the Hans Kelsen Institute in Vienna. October 28, 2005 at 7:30 pm at the Embassy of Austria Admission free. RSVP required: 202-895-6776 or rsvp@austria.org Wine and cheese reception to follow. Within the framework of Österreich Innovativ
  • Friday, October 28, 6:30 Pm And Saturday, October 29, 10 AM - 4:30 PM Schillerfest To celebrate Schiller Year 2005, the American Goethe Society will hold a dinner reception at the German Embassy on Friday, October 28, at 6:30 pm, with the focus on Schiller’s lighter side. n.
  • Saturday, October 29 - The last Oktoberfest of the season. Don't be left out of the excitement and fun featuring everybody's favorite house band The Rheinlanders w/Alt Washingtonia Schuhplattler Verein Dancers once again. Great floor shows featuring German folk dances, and audience participation dances as well. Please plan to arrive early as our Oktoberfests start with dinner at 6:00 and performances at 7:00 PM. Besides the regular menu an all you can eat buffet will be available at a reasonable price. Reservations a must!  Blob's Park
  • Announcing the Washington Saengerbund Fall Concert "Bunt sind schon die Waelder" Wednesday, November 9, 8 pm Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC "Bunt sind schon die Waelder" Washington Saengerbund Fall Concert. The Washington Saengerbund, under the baton of conductor Mariano Vales, presents its Fall Concert on November 9 at the Austrian Embassy, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC 20008 (three blocks west of Van Ness Metro, red line). The concert celebrates the musical traditions of Austria and some of its Hungarian influences, ranging from hunting songs to Hungarian dances. Acclaimed soloists mezzo soprano Ingrid Cowan and tenor Ole Hass will perform. Following the musical program, an elegant reception, with food prepared by the Washington Saengerbund's very own Austrian chef Siegfried, will allow g
  • Saturday, November 26, 10 am – 4 pm Sunday, November 27, 12 noon – 4 pm special event 8th Annual Christkindlmarkt Shoppers will again be able to feast on authentic German foods and stock their pantries with imported holiday goodies including Stollen, Lebkuchen, Advent calendars, and Glühwein. Craftspeople will display their handmade snowflakes, Santas and elves, and floral arrangements, along with real Erzgebirge figurines, smokers and steins. Tickets $1 Zion Church of the City of Baltimore 400 E . Lexington Street Baltimore, MD 21202
  • xThursday, December 1, 6:45 pm Book Conversation Königliche Hoheit Thomas Mann’s short novel, Königliche Hoheit (1909), shows an unexpected light vein in the famous author of the weighty Buddenbrooks family saga. Is it simply a “modern fairy tale,” or can we read it as a historical document of German mentality before the first World War? Refreshments to follow the conversation. Organized by the American Goethe Society RSVP to Irmgard Wagner at iwagner@gmu.edu  . www.goethe.de/ins/us/was/ver/lit/en887888.htm 
  • Learn the Viennese Waltz, Polka, Mazurka and Schottische as Danced in Vienna Join us … for a series of lessons taught by Herbert and Carol Traxler at the beautiful Meridian House in Washington. No prior dance experience required. Individuals and couples welcome. Dancers change partners frequently throughout lessons. Hosted by The Hospitality and Information Service of Washington. For the series of lessons Viennese Waltz, Polka, Mazurka and Schottische November 13, 20 and December 4 3:00 – 6:30 pm Meridian House Viennese Waltz only $60 3:00 - 4:30 pmPolka, Mazurka and Schottische only $60 5:00 - 6:30 pm Waltz, Polka, Mazurka and Schottische $100 3:00 - 6:30 pmBall Ticket $85 ($75 with lessons)
  • For those who wish to practice German in an informal setting, join Friends of the Goethe-Institut at Stammtisch Thursday, December 8, at Brickskeller, 1523 22nd St NW (Metro: Dupont Circle) from 6 - 8 pm. RSVP to 202-682-9041.
  • December 9, 16 and 17 from 5 – 8 pm SPECIAL EVENT Christmas Candlelight Evenings In the early 19th century, German immigrants brought with them the Christmas traditions we observe today. Embrace the Gemütlichkeit of this traditional German holiday season at the Heurich House Foundation’s annual Christmas Candlelight Evenings at The Brewmaster’s Castle. Resplendent in holiday decorations, The Brewmaster’s Castle will feature appearances by St. Nicholas, ladies and gentlemen of the Victorian Society bedecked in period fashion, and musical performances by the Alpine Singers and harpist Daniel Jones. Come enjoy music, fellowship and light refreshments, and tour this late-Victorian gem in the glow of candlelight. Revel in the holiday spirit at this unique event. $10 per person. No reservations necessary. Information 202-429-1894 or www.brewmasterscastle.com  . The Brewmaster’s Castle 1307 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
  • Monday, December 12, 6:30 pm young and german Film Series En Route (Unterwegs) Germany, 2004, 80 min., German with English subtitles Director: Jan Krueger Sandra, a young single mother, with her daughter; Benni, who is in love with Sandra; and Marco, unpredictable and with nothing much to lose, meet at a camp near Berlin and decide to travel to the Polish Baltic coast together. Slowly, their relationship grows more complicated. $6  www.goethe.de/ins/us/was/ver/flm/en926436.htm 
  • Friday, December 16, 7:30 pm MUSIC Come Celebrate Beethoven’s Birthday and Join in on Christmas Carols Program will include music from the late Renaissance to the 20th century and many favorite Christmas carols. Organized by the Beethoven Society of America For details and tickets: 703-960-9876 or www.thebeethovensociety.org German Embassy Auditorium
  • Saturday, December 17 - Treasured Moments Christmas show at 7:00 PM Buffet included, starting at 6:00 PM Dancing to Charm City Sound and Joy of Maryland 8:00 PM - Midnight $25.00 per person Blob's Park, near Ft. Meade on Route 175 just off the Baltimore Washington Parkway [Click for directions].
  • Sunday, December 18 - Annual Children's Christmas Party w/Alt Washingtonia Schuhplattler Verein Dancers Visit by Santa Claus and St. Nicholas with gifts for the children $6.00 per person Blob's Park, near Ft. Meade on Route 175 just off the Baltimore Washington Parkway [Click for directions]..
  • Salute To Vienna World’s Greatest New Year’s Concert! Returns To The Kennedy Center For Another Spectacular Year! Monday, January2, 2006 at 3:00 pmThe Strauss Symphony of America Sascha Goetzel, conductor (Vienna) Mónika González, soprano (Budapest)• Valeriy Serkin, tenor (Vienna) With Dancers from The Vienna Opera Ballet Tickets on-sale now! To Reserve Visit the Box Office, Call 202-467-4600 or 1-800-444-1324 or visit http://www.kennedy-center.org
  • Tuesday, January 3, 6:30 pm (Note date change!) young and german Film Series Am I Sexy? (Bin Ich Sexy?) Germany, 2004, 90 min., German with English subtitles Director: Katinka Feistl Although her single mother cannot provide for her modeling career, 15-year-old Mareike is determined to pursue it. www.goethe.de/ins/us/was/en926555.htm
  • img src="museum60.gif" align="left" border="0" height="49" hspace="20" vspace="6" width="60">“Chewing Gum, Nylons, Chocolate, Jazz” – The American Influence in Salzburg 1945-1955 Works by Emilio Ganot, Ferdinand Götz, Alfred Haberpointner, Irene Kar, Uli Loskot, Herman Seidl, Gerold Tusch, Siegfried Zaworka The exhibit will run through January 13, 2006. . The years of US occupation in Salzburg as reflected by young artists who have two things in common: They were born long after the withdrawal of US forces in 1955, and they had worked in the US during an artists exchange program sponsored by the province of Salzburg. Their contemporary perspective, US experience and intensive studies of the Austrian post-war period resulted in highly original, witty, and thought-provoking works in a great variety of styles, techniques and approaches. at the Embassy of Austria
Events
  • Berlin 1945 Photography Exhibit
  • Exhibition A Flaneur between Rubble and Ruins: Friedrich Seidenstücker Photographs of Berlin after 1945 In conjunction with the Bildarchiv Preussischer Kulturbesitz, the German Historical Institute has organized the first American exhibition of works by the documentary photographer Friedrich Seidenstücker (1885-1966). Sixty photographs will be on display at the GHI through January 27, 2006. GHI, 1607 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Washington .

  • x Through February 2006 Adolf Cluss, From Germany to America: Shaping a Capital City Worthy of a Republic Adolf Cluss (1825-1905) was the architect of many of Washington’s most beloved 19th-century buildings. Only seven of them remain here in downtown DC—of about seventy built by him between 1862 and 1890— and include the Smithsonian’s Arts & Industries Building, Eastern Market, the 9th Street Masonic Temple, the Sumner and Franklin Schools, and Calvary Baptist Church. Designed to raise awareness of the life and work of Adolf Cluss, one of the most influential architects in post-Civil War Washington, this exhibit at the Sumner School Museum portrays Cluss’s revolutionary roots and his vision of a capital city both uplifting and functional through images, texts, artifacts, and interactive multimedia displays. nbroadwater@washington.goethe.org  Until February 28, 2006 The August issue of the Adolf Cluss Exhibition Project newsletter is now online at www.goethe.de/ins/us/was/pro/vtour/clussnewsletter/acluss12.htm www.adolf-cluss.org .
  • musicConcert by United States Marine Band Sunday, January 8, 2 pm Center for the Arts, George Mason University, Fairfax, VACluss
    As part of the concert and as a salute to the Adolf Cluss Year, the United States Marine Band will play Sousa's "President Garfield's Inauguration March," first performed by the Marine Band under Sousa's own direction at the opening of the "National Museum" (now the Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building), on March 21, 1881.
  • Monday, January 9, 6:30 pm young and german Film Series Karamuk Germany, 2002, 94 min., German with English subtitles Director: Suelbiye V. Guenar Seventeen-year-old Johanna is obsessed with locating money to realize her dream of studying fashion design in Paris. When she finds out who her real father is – a Turk who has been living for years with his family in Cologne, where he runs an elegant restaurant – she starts working as a kitchen helper at his restaurant. www.goethe.de/ins/us/was/en926572.htm

  • LectureCluss's Renovation of the Patent Office Model Hall 1877  Wednesday, January 11, 1 pm Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum Illustrated lecture with curator Eleanor Harvey and historian Cynthia Field on Cluss's renovation of the Patent Office Building in the 1870's and the current renovation of the same building, now shared by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery, re-opening July 4, 2006.

  • LectureThursday, January 12, 6:30 pm A Visual Journey through German Cinema Illustrated lecture and discussion with Gerd Dunkelberg, US State Department culture and language teacher Come to get an overview of German film yesterday and today! A kick-off to our 14th annual New Films from Germany, Switzerland and Austria series. RSVP to 202-289-1200 ext. 160 http://www.goethe.de/ins/us/was/en1064386.htm

  • musicConcert by the Friday Morning Music Club Friday, January 13, 12 pm Charles Sumner School Museum Hugo Wolf, Lieder, Ilana Kochinska, Soprano Frederick Chopin, "Andante Spianato" and "Grand Polonaise" David Kosutic, Pianist Founded in 1886, the Friday Morning Music Club began with informal recitals in the homes of its members. Its object was to promote musical culture among its members and the community. Today, with more than 800 members, the concerts are held weekly from October through May in the Great Hall of the Sumner School Museum and monthly at many other locations in the surrounding area.

  • LectureAdolf Cluss Sculpture Project Friday, January 13, 1 pm Charles Sumner School Museum Informal slide presentation and discussion with sculptor Charles Lancaster about the Adolf Cluss Sculpture Project for Washington and Heilbronn. Bring your lunch!

  • LectureAdolf Cluss: Designer of 19th-Century Churches and Church Schools in Washington  Sunday, January 22, 4 pm Church of the Annunciation, 3810 Massachusetts Ave., NW Lecture Lecture by Dr. Joseph Browne, sponsored by the Catholic Historical Society of Washington
    A one-time communist, Adolf Cluss was not someone who would be expected to have an interest in buildings for religious purposes. This lecture explores this question as well as the architect's designs for six churches - four Protestant and two Catholic - and his work on four Catholic schools. Surviving religious institutions for whom Cluss worked include St. Stephen's the Martyr Catholic Church, Calvary Baptist, Foundry Methodist, Universalist National Memorial Church, and St. John's College High School. 

  • Exhibition “The Unknown Europeans” Photos by Kurt Kaindl January 23, 2006 Europe: Many nations, many languages, and a quest for a common identity based on cultural diversity. This exhibit takes a look at some of Europe’s smallest national minorities: the Albanian-speaking Arbëreshe in Italy, the Degesi in Slovakia, the German-speaking Gottscheer in Slovenia, the Sephards in Bosnia-Herzegovina – descendants of Spanish Jews exiled in 1492, and the Slavonic Sorbs in Germany. They defended their cultures over many centuries and history’s vicissitudes and are living evidence for a vision of Europe where the dismantling of national boundaries is not a loss of identity but allows ethnic, linguistic, cultural and religious diversity to thrive. The Austrian photographer, Kurt Kaindl, visited these minorities and documented their culture, everyday life and landscapes in insightful and intense pictures. January 23, 2006 at 7:30 pm at the Embassy of Austria Admission free. RSVP required: 202-895-6776 or rsvp@austria.org  Light refreshments will be served. The exhibit will run through June 9, 2006.

  • January 20 – 26, 2006 14th Annual New Films from Germany, Switzerland and Austria Festival Landmark’s E Street Cinema 555 11th Street NW Information and tickets: 202-452-7672 .T he films in our series include: Friday, January 20, 7 and 9:30 pm One Day in Europe Director: Hannes Stoehr Join us at Landmark’s E Street Cinema on Friday, January 20, at 7 pm for this opening film. Party follows at the Goethe-Institut with One Day in Europe cast member, film critic Eddie Cockrell, DJs Yellow Fever and German culinary treats. (Tickets for the opening film and reception: $25; general admission for the remaining films: $9.50) www.goethe.de/ins/us/was/ver/flm/nf6/en1053974.htm  Saturday, January 21, 2 and 4:15 pm KussKuss Director: Soeren Senn Discussion with the director follows the screenings.Saturday, January 21, 7 pm Monday, January 23, 9:30 pm Barefoot Director: Til SchweigerSaturday, January 21, 9:30 pm Sunday, January 22, 2 pm Willenbrock Director: Andreas Dresen;  Sunday, January 22, 4:15 and 7 pm Oktoberfest Director: Johannes Brunner Discussion with the director follows the screenings.;  Sunday, January 22, 9:40 pm Monday, January 23, 7:15 pm Let the Cat out of the Bag Director: Florian Schwarz;  Tuesday, January 24, 7:15 pm Wednesday, January 25, 9:30 pm Ghosts Director: Christian Petzold;  Tuesday, January 24, 9:30 pm Wednesday, January 25, 7:15 pm Welcome Home Director: Andreas Gruber;  Thursday, January 26, 7 and 9:30 pm Kebab Connection Director: Anno Saul 

  • musicMonday, January 23, 7:30 pm MUSIC Catholic University’s Rome Trio Marilyn Nelley, piano Jody Gatwood, violin Michael Mermagen, cello
    Beethoven: Trio in G major, Op. 1, No. 2 Brahms: Trio in C minor, Op. 101 Additional pieces to be determined
    Organized by the Beethoven Society of America For details and tickets: 703-960-9876 or www.thebeethovensociety.org German Embassy Auditorium

  • LectureThursday, January 26, 8 pm LECTURE (in German, illustrated) Gärten als Spiegel des Menschen Professor Dr. Hans-Martin Sass, The Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University; Professor of Philosophy, Ruhr University Bochum Sponsored by the German Language Society For details and tickets: 703-379-7849 or JPra119055@aol.com German Embassy Auditorium

  • LectureSmart Germans in Washington Wednesday, January 25, 12 pm Thursday, January 26, 7 pm Charles Sumner School Museum  Lecture by John Cloud, sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)/US Coast and Geodetic Survey Adolf Cluss' first job in Washington was a position with the US Coast Survey, in 1849-50. The Survey, the oldest scientific agency in the US government, employed some of the brightest and most accomplished German immigrants to Washington in work embracing many aspects of the sciences of mathematics, geodesy and surveying, and also engraving and lithography for the many maps and charts and scientific data produced by the Survey. This lecture will explore the kinds of work that Adolf Cluss and others accomplished in 19th-century Washington.   RSVP preferred to 202-289-1200 ext. 170

  • Concordia Image ClussThis image of the Concordia Music Hall (1864-1891), recently discovered online by Heilbronn Cluss Team member Miriam Eberlein, provides a new view of the dimensions of this magnificient building which once graced the streets of Baltimore, MD. The accompanying text mentions "the faculty of the Germans for enjoying themselves."
  • Blob's ParkSaturday, February 25 - The Fasching, our annual German version of Mardi Gras with the Alt Washingtonia Schuhplattler Verein Dancers. Music by the Rheinlanders with dance shows starting at 7:00 Doors will open at 6:00 and our "world famous" buffet will be available. Don't forget to come in custume and join the parade. Prizes will be given to the best in each category!

 

German Language Church Services in Washington

United Church (Concordia Kirche) 1920 G Street, NW, Washington, DC. (202) 331-1495 . (Location for Washington Saengerbund's annual Christmas concert.) German service at 9:30 on first and third Sundays in the month. Our Lady of Bethesda (Deutsche Katholische Mission), 7007 Bradley Boulevard, Bethesda, MD 20817. Sonntagsgottesdienste 10.00 Uhr Deutsche Evangelische Kirchengemeinde sonntags 9.30 Uhr
Pilgrim Lutheran Church 5500 Massachussetts Avenue Bethesda, MD 20816
German Language Television in the DC Area Mondays thru Fridays 3 - 4PM WNVC over the air Channel 56; Virginia PBS in German news [at times with English subtitles]

Mondays thru Fridays 7:30 PM WNVC over the air Channel 56; Virginia PBS News from Germany but in English

Sundays 9pm erratically: German television detective shows on International Mystery WNVC over the air Channel 56 with repeats on Channelm 53; Virginia PBS

 
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Swiss / Austrian / German Restaurants in the DC area

Cafe Tirolo
4001 N. Fairfax Dr
Arlington, VA 22203
703.528.7809
Zum Rheingarten
Rte 1

Stafford, VA 22554-4825
703-221-4635
Old Europe
2434 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC
202-333-7600
Cafe Berlin
322 Massachusetts Ave., NE
Washington, DC
202-543-7656
Wurzburg-Haus
7236 Muncaster Mill Rd.
Rockville MD
301-330-0402
Heidelberg Pastry Bakery   2150 N. Culpeper Street, Arlington, VA 22207  Phone: 703/527-8394 Fax: 703/528-5061

German Gourmet Delicatessen 7185 Lee Highway Falls Church, Virginia 22036 (703) 534-1908 


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Scholarships for Study and Research in Austria and specifically for Scholars from the United States Scholarships for Study and Research in Germany Atlantic Fellowship airline tickets Air tickets to Germany, Austria and Switzerland can be obtained through the old-line and reliable Atlantic Fellowship, located in Washington,  which also handles rail passes, car rentals and travel insurance.
Scholarships and internships in Germany are available through the  DAAD Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst Österreichischer Austauschdienst includes scholarship information as well as a link to a brochure on studying in Austria.

 

German Language Study Programs in Austria mostly but not only in the summer months. Often special courses for musicians and singers.
German-American Organizations in Baltimore is the clearing house for German-American clubs, festivals, organizations in Baltimore and all the rest of Maryland. S.u.G.T.V. "Washingtonia" - a "Schuhplattler" dance club based in D.C. is continuously seeking opportunities to share its Bavarian heritage with others. In addition to performing traditional Schuhplattler dances, "Washingtonia" entertains with such folk art as alpine bell ringing, alpine horn and popular German beer drinking songs. Studying at an Austrian University although the site is not aimed specifically at US students, it contains helpful general information and contacts to the individual universities in Austria.
The Swiss Club of Washington D.C. aspires to foster a sense of community among Swiss people and friends of Switzerland in the Washington metropolitan area including Northern Virginia and Maryland. The Wagner Society of Washington DC has among its goals to organize, plan, and promote Wagner-related events, such as lectures, workships, symposia, a newsletter, a web page, and live operatic performances; to relate the Society's efforts to area opera activities as appropriate; to encourage and facilitate group attendance at live performances of Wagner's works in the Washington - Baltimore area, as well as other cities in the US and abroad.  Deutscher Klub of Northern Virginia Community College ... the Deutscher Klub website for Northern Virginia Community College. with the latest information on Klub happenings, as well as other German-related events in the Washington, DC area.
Austrian Cultural Events in the Washington area Austrian Cultural Forum The re-vamped and very trendy Austrian cultural information center. Be patient with the pop-up introductory page which guides you to many interesting exhibits and events.  American-Austrian Society  Each year the Society sponsors or supports several cultural events that take place at the Embassy of Austria and at other locations in the Washington metropolitan area. Most of these events are open to the general public. The Society's stimulating cultural and educational programs are centered around the artistic, humanistic, and scientific achievements of Austrians and Americans with ties to Austria
Verein Deutscher Trachten von Baltimore Tanzkreis for the "preservation and presentation to the public of the many coloful Trachten (Regional Costumes) of the Germanic Lands, as well as the dances, songs, history and traditions of the various regions of Germany".   Arion Gesangverein To promote the cultivation of German music, song and culture in the United States through concerts, song festivals and Liederabende.
    Delaware-Saengerbund
German Society of Maryland , founded in the 18th Century, continues today providing grants for use by institutions teaching German; sponsoring an essay contest on German-American issues for junior high school students; promoting German heritage; publication of leaflets dealing with Marylanders of German ancestry who have contributed to our state and nation; social activities such as the Society's summer picnic and annual Kirchgang, sponsoring Thanksgiving Eve ecumenical services and the Defender's Day celebration at Fort McHenry and bus trips to various points of interest for German Americans. promoting German heritage; publication of leaflets dealing with Marylanders of German ancestry who have contributed to our state and nation; social activities such as the Society's summer picnic and annual Kirchgang, sponsoring Thanksgiving Eve ecumenical services and the Defender's Day celebration at Fort McHenry and bus trips to various points of interest for German Americans. Blob's Park, near Ft. Meade on Route 175 just off the Baltimore Washington Parkway [Click for directions],  has many Special Celebrations during the year. May Day is celebrated every Mother's Day in May, and the Sonnenwendfeier (the longest day of the year) is celebrated on Father's Day in June. The first Octoberfest in the United States was held at Blob's Park in 1947 and continues to be celebrated the first weekend of every October! Other special days are Bavarian Day in September, a children's Christmas Party when Santa Claus and St. Nicholas visit and present every child with a gift, and a gala New Year's Eve Party. Student in Wien Practical tips, sources of information both academic and administrative and social  for people presently studying in Vienna: addresses, lists of lectures, student news, bars, etc.
Exhibit closed while being moved from Arlington to DC Berlin Wall at Freedom Park  Original pieces of the Berlin Wall, measuring a total of 32 feet in length and 12 feet in height, have been permanently re-erected in front of an original 32-foot-high guard tower as the centerpiece of a new exhibit on Berlin and the era of the Iron Curtain. The tower (which originally stood near "Checkpoint Charlie," the crossing point made famous in countless real and fictional Iron Curtain espionage incidents) and the wall section will be augmented by several photomurals and text panels that document the 1961 construction of the wall, its impact on Germany and history since the wall fell.

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 A short history and a sightseeing tour of the Hudson Tubes (PATH), one of the earliest subways of the world, along with an image gallery of the Tubes, past and present. English and German versions. There is also a section updated daily on the changes to the Tubes as a result of the Islamic terrorist attack on the World Trade Center

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