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Learning Aids, Global Reading Assignments and Events of Interest in the Washington area

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Ricarda Huch / Adolph Kolping
Ricarda Huch  (1864–1947) historian, writer and poet. She was born in Braunschweig of an upper middle class family. Ricarda Huch was the first female member of the "Preußische Akademie der Künste", but left this institution in 1933 when the national-socialists came to power. [continuation] / Adolph Kolping  (1813-1865) from a working class family in Cologne, had intended to lead an academic life, not a social reformer, but his work with the journeymen made him realize that he should devote his life and efforts to the working people and their organization. Through his example and efforts the journeymen's organization grew. By 1865, over 400 local groups of the journeymen's organization had been established and were functioning throughout Europe and in America., [continuation] 

Eight Minute Global Readings and Exercises

 
Eight Minute Global Reading for October 30:
Schinkel Neue Wache   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 17:
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Eight Minute Global Reading for October 3:
 

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 26
Click on the link above. An example of a computer generated translation of material from your textbook.
Eight Minute Global Reading for September 26- click here:
   
 
 
  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. practice in reading fraktur

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 primary research and 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

  • Wednesday, September 13, 6:30 pm Lecture The Principality of Liechtenstein Celebrating 200 Years of Sovereignty A look at Liechtenstein's past and its future as a small state in a globalizing world Lecture by Claudia Fritsche, Ambassador of the Principality of Liechtenstein to the United States of America RSVP to 202-289-1200 ext. 162 More on this lecture
  • September 21, 2006 LECTURE Migration in Germany and the United States Tobias Brinkmann (University of Southampton), Ari Sammartino (Oberlin College, OH) A lecture at the GHI 1607 New Hampshire Ave NW
  • Der Untertan Monday, September 25, 2006 - 6:30pm - $3.70 As a tribute to Wolfgang Staudte’s 100th birthday on October 9, Goethe-Institut Washington shows his legendary film version of Heinrich Mann’s novel Der Untertan (1914) made in East Germany under the Communist dictatorship. In his analysis of the Wilhelmian era, Mann sharply satirizes the political situation on the eve of World War I. Staudte’s masterpiece is now recognized as a model for an accurate but independent film adaptation of a literary work. It is the story of a spineless Prussian, conformist, follower and opportunist. Goethe-Institut Washington 812 Seventh Street, NW The Kaiser's Lackey

  • walking tourWalking Tour: German Immigrant Entrepreneurs in Old Downtown Washington Saturday September 30 10:30 am – 12 noon Meet at the Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St., NW. Tour guide Alice Stewart introduces you to the historic German family businesses, with a special focus on the Lansburgh family and department store. Presented by the Goethe-Institut.
  • Oktoberfest Saturday, September 30, 2006, 11 am - 8 pm Oktoberfest in Lovettsville, VA. Held in downtown Lovettsville, Virginia, located off Route 287 (Berlin Pike) in Loudoun County. Info: Lovettsville Oktoberfest Committee townoflovettsville@adelphia.net. Free admission. Delicious home-made German food served by the Washington Saengerbund. Performers under the big Oktoberfest tent include the Blaskapelle 'Alte Kameraden' and the Alpine Dancers. Directions from DC and Virginia:
  • September 30 - October 1 Frederick Oktoberfest. Alpine Dancers perform on Sunday afternoon, October 1. See the entertainment schedule at the web site. The 5TH ANNUAL FREDERICK’S OKTOBERFEST, a family celebration of all things German, takes place at the Frederick Fairgrounds in Frederick, Maryland. Continuous live German oompah bands, Alpine dancers, polka and StrongPerson contests, outdoor tented Biergarten, children’s tent activities and entertainers, German foods (including home-made strudel), American fare, more than 40 craft vendors and displays, Hobby Hollow, mini-stock car racing. Rain/shine, handicapped accessible. Saturday noon to 10 pm, Sunday noon to 6 pm. $5 admission, children 11 and under free, parking donation. All proceeds benefit Community Living and the Fredericktowne Rotary Club, two local charities.
  • German Unification Symposium Bridging the Oder: Reflections on Poland, Germany, and the Transformation of Europe at the German Historical Institute,1607 New Hampshire Avenue, N.W. Tuesday – October 03, 2006 form 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. PROGRAM 2:00 p.m. Kaffee und Kuchen (Dessert Reception) 2:30 p.m. Christof Mauch (Director, German Historical Institute) Please RSVP by September 26 (acceptances only) Phone: 202.387.3355 – Fax: 202. 387.6437 – E-mail: events@ghi-dc.org
  • October 4, 2006 at 7:30 pm Reading and Concert Mozart through his Letters and Operas With members of Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program and Sorab Modi Continuing the celebrations to mark the 250th year of the birth of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sorab Modi, lecturer and music critic, will read from Mozart’s letters and from contemporary reports on Mozart’s operas. Members of Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program will perform excerpts from operas including The Abduction from the Seraglio, The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte, The Magic Flute and La clemenza di Tito. at the Embassy of Austria Admission free, but donations welcome. RSVP required: 202-895-6776 or rsvp@austria.org
  • LECTURE Mass Politics in Germany and the United States: Paradoxes of Participation Fitzhugh Brundage (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), Konrad Jarausch (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC)) October 05, 2006 at the German Historical Institute 1607 New Hampshire Ave, NW Washington, DC 20009 Refreshments will be served at 6 pm. Lectures begin at 6:30 pm. Metro: Red Line to Dupont Circle Use Q Street/North Exit RSVP (acceptances only): Phone 202.387.3355 - Fax 202.387.6437 - E-mail c.brown@ghi-dc.org
  • October 6, 2006 at 7:30 pm Concert: Aima Labra-Makk, piano
    Jenö Takacs: Suite Old Hungarian Dances Sonatine, op. 2 Joseph Marx: Schmetterlingsgeschichten Bela Bartok: Suite for Piano, op. 14 Jenö Takacs: from Sounds and Colors, op. 95 Tombeau de Liszt, op. 100 Joseph Haydn: Sonata for Piano in F Minor, Hob. XVII: 6 Jenö Takacs: Four Epitaphs, op. 79 Bela Bartok: Sonata for Piano, Sz. 80 Jenö Takacs: Concert Etude (Toccata no. 2) for Piano, op. 120 at the Embassy of Austria Admission free. RSVP required: 202-895-6776 or rsvp@austria.org
  • Saturday, October 7, 2006 Oktoberfest of Mid-Atlantic Brewers Association, Shirlington, VA (outside Capitol City Brewing Co.). Performances by the Alpine Dancers. Delicious German food served by the Washington Saengerbund. Held on streets outside Capitol City Brewing Company, 2700 S. Quincy St., Shirlington. Directions.(The exit from Shirley Highway (395 S) if you are driving northwards is #6, between King Street exit (#5) to the south and Glebe Road (#7) to the north. If you are driving south, take Exit #7 for the "Shirlington" exit, and follow sign to Shirlington. The Village at Shirlington is WEST of Shirley Highway.)
  • Saturday, October 7 - Our first Oktoberfest of the season, featuring dance shows with the Washingtonia Schuhplattler Verein Dancers. Please plan to arrive early as our Oktoberfests are always well attended. Doors open at 6:00 and performances start at 7:00 PM. Besides the regular menu, an all you can eat buffet will be available at a reasonable price. Reservations are suggested. Blob's Park, near Ft. Meade on Route 175 just off the Baltimore Washington Parkway [Click for directions].
  • Friday, October 13 - Oktoberfest sponsored by USO of Metro DC. Enjoy an evening of German food and fun, and help to support the USO at the same time. Part of the admission price is tax deductible. At Blob's Park. Doors open at 6:30 with our famous "All-You-Can-Eat" buffet included. Learn more about the DC chapter of the USO at http://www.USOMetroDC.org
  • The Hungarian Revolution in Film: Looking Back After 50 Years October 16, 23 and 30, 2006 Film The Goethe-Institut presents films from various countries depicting versions of what took place during the Hungarian Revolution 50 years ago. Each evening’s screenings will be followed by a discussion with an expert. Presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Hungary. No charge. Monday, October 16, 6:30 pmLove [Szerelem]Hungary, 1971, DVD, b/w, 84 min., Hungarian with English subtitles, Director: Károly Makk This feature film tells the story of a young Hungarian woman whose husband has been arrested by the secret police. She eases the last months of her husband’s bedridden mother’s life with the fantastic tale that her son is in America seeing to the completion and premiere of his own motion picture. Discussion follows the screening with Emery Toth, co-president of the American-Hungarian Federation, a 1956 freedom fighter and former Cabinet member. RSVP to 202-289-1200 ext. 160 More about this film series

  • October 25 and October 26 SPECIAL EVENT Sauerbraten WED., Oct. 25, 2006 4-7 p.m and THUR., Oct. 26 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $11.00 per person. For generations, Zionkirche Baltimore's homemade Sour beef dinners and luncheons have been packed events. After the big success last year, they will again be accompanied by SPATEN beer imported from München and authentic beer hall music [in the Adlersaal].. German wine will also be available. More information Zionskirche is on City Hall Plaza,
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Events
  • Ongoing: September 6 - October 31 Exhibition Simplicissimus and the Empire: 1896-1914 Wednesday, September 6, 6:30 pm Opening lecture by Marion Deshmukh, Professor of Art History at George Mason University, followed by a reception. RSVP to 202-289-1200 ext. 160 Reproductions of original caricatures from Simplicissimus, one of the earliest and most significant of the late nineteenth-century satirical periodicals that nurtured and embodied the developing spirit of Expressionism in Germany.


  • October 30, 2006 at 7:30 pm Concert Heinz Zednik, tenor Markus Vorzellner, piano Songs by Gustav Mahler, Ernst Krenek, Hugo Wolf, W.A. Mozart and Viennese Folk Songs at the Embassy of Austria Tickets: From $12 (American Austrian Society Members) to $15. Please mail check payable to the American-Austrian Society, c/o Ulrike Wiesner, 5618 Dover Court, Alexandria, VA 22312 In cooperation with the American Austrian Society

  • 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

  • Lecture LECTURE Discipline: Schools, the Military, and the Shaping of Future Citizens in Germany and the United States, 1890 – 2000 Dirk Schumann (German Historical Institute, Washington, DC), Judith Sealander (Bowling Green State University) October 26, 2006 at the German Historical Institute 1607 New Hampshire Ave, NW Washington, DC 20009 Refreshments will be served at 6 pm. Lectures begin at 6:30 pm. Metro: Red Line to Dupont Circle Use Q Street/North Exit RSVP (acceptances only): Phone 202.387.3355 - Fax 202.387.6437 - E-mail c.brown@ghi-dc.org

  • Monday, October 30, 2006 THE KARLSRUHER DUO Dagmar Hartmann, cello, and Richard Armleder, piano: will be joined by Icelandic baritone Sigurdur Bragason in a gently mixed program of Beethoven, Schumann, Wagner, Martinu, and Piazzolla. All concerts start at 7:30 P.M. and are held at the German Embassy. Organized by the Beethoven Society of America For details and tickets: 703-960-9876 or www.thebeethovensociety.org German Embassy Auditorium 4645 Reservoir Road, N.W.

  • Beyond the Waltz. Austrodance Festival 2006 November 1 - November 7 Nejla Yatkin (Washington) For People with Wings (2000) Echoes of Hope for Those Still on the Ground (2001) November 1 | 7:30 pm | Greenberg Theatre (4200 Wisconsin Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C)
    Dance on the Spot. Documentary by Werner Boote, script by Andrea Amort, Austria 2004 (in English, 60 min.) followed by roundtable with Andrea Amort (dance critic and historian), Bernd R. Bienert (choreographer), Nejla Yatkin (dancer, choreographer); Dana Tai Soon Burgess (choreographer) and Rita Felciano (dance critic and historian), moderated by George Jackson (dance critic and historian) November 2 | 7:30 pm | Embassy of Austria
    Company Bernd R. Bienert (Vienna) Frames / Counter Memory (2005, US Premiere) Ice Storm / Sculpture / Tides (2006, US Premiere) Hippolyto (2006, World Premiere) November 3 | 7:30 pm | Greenberg Theatre (4200 Wisconsin Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C)
    Cie. Willi Dorner (Vienna) Threeseconds (2001) no credits (2003) November 6 | 7:30 pm | Greenberg Theatre (4200 Wisconsin Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C) November 8 | 6:00 pm | Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage
    Dana Tai Soon Burgess (Washington) Mozart as Mason (2006, World Premiere) Images from the Embers (2006) November 7 | 7:30 pm | Embassy of Austria
    Admission to all events is free, but RSVP is required (except performance at Kennedy Center, Millenium Stage): 202-895-6776 or rsvp@austria.org

  • Saturday, November 4, 2006, 8 pm - midnight Harvest Dance with The Edelweiss Band . The Arminius Social Club welcomes all to its European-style dances featuring live music with lots of polkas and waltzes and a smattering of other ballroom dances: swing, foxtrot, cha-cha, samba, rheinlander, mambo, rock 'n' roll, .... The dances are held in the Women's Club of Bethesda, 5500 Sonoma Road, Bethesda, MD, where round tables are positioned around a beautiful wooden dance floor, giving visitors room to dance as well as a way to socialize with other dancers. The dances are in full swing from 8 pm until midnight. Admission of $20 ($18 members) per person, includes domestic beer and soft drinks all evening, as well as a snack of sandwiches, cake, and coffee provided during the 9 pm break in the music. Imported German beer and wine are available for purchase. The bands play requests (just see one of the club officers) as well as a large repertoire of German favorites. For further information on the dances: 301-559-1944 Gerhard Meinzer, President; 301-649-3212 Peter Krusen, Treasurer; 1-410-635-2435 Joan Stoneberger, Secretary. Web site: http://www.geocities.com/polkadc

  • You Bet Your Life (Spiele Leben) A film by Antonin Svoboda, Austria, Switzerland 2005 (in German with English subtitles, 95 min.) Gambling addict and prowler Kurt is on his aberration towards a serious crisis. His chart house collapses as he makes the encounter of his lifetime: being forced into gambling with his own life, he falls victim to the delusion of letting dice destine his fate. www.spieleleben.at November 4 | 9:30 pm | AFI Silver Theatre November 7 | 8:40 pm | AFI Silver Theatre AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD For tickets and complete program information call: 301-495-6700 or go to: www.afi.com/silver/new/nowplaying/2006/v3i5/eu.aspx

  • Silentium A film by Wolfgang Murnberger, Austria 2004 (in German with English subtitles, 112 min.) A man who accused a catholic bishop of abusing him when he was a child dies in the Austrian city of Salzburg. Everyone except his widow and the eccentric detective Simon Brenner keeps silent and believes that the man killed himself. Brenner and his assistant Kurti start working on this case behind the scenes of this respectable bourgeois city, running into some less than respectable matters in the course of their investigation. www.silentium.at November 10 | 7:30 pm | AFI Silver Theatre November 12 | 5:45 pm | AFI Silver Theatre AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD For tickets and complete program information call: 301-495-6700 or go to: www.afi.com/silver/new/nowplaying/2006/v3i5/eu.aspx

  • VolkstanzSunday, November 5, 6 - 9:30 pm Alpine Dancers 15th Anniversary Volkstanzfest at New Carrollton Municipal Center. Live music by accordionist Roland Zeender. Alpine Dancers will perform and lead dances. Alpine Singers will perform. Details forthcoming. For email notification and invitation, join the email list Alpine Friends.

  • Lecture LECTURE The Welfare State in Germany and the United States Daniel Letwin (Pennsylvania State University), Gabriele Metzler (University of Tübingen) November 09, 2006 A lecture at the German Historical Institute 1607 New Hampshire Ave, NW Washington, DC 20009 Refreshments will be served at 6 pm. Lectures begin at 6:30 pm. Metro: Red Line to Dupont Circle Use Q Street/North Exit RSVP (acceptances only): Phone 202.387.3355 - Fax 202.387.6437 - E-mail c.brown@ghi-dc.org

  • Saturday, November 11, 2006, 7 pm Washington Saengerbund Fall Concert – German Opera and Operetta, under the baton of Maestro Mariano Vales. Held in the beautiful Auditorium of the Swiss Embassy. Sign up for Washington Saengerbund Friends mailing list for notification of all concerts when tickets are available.

  • Lecture Sunday November 12 7-9pm Lutherfest To commemorate Martin Luther’s birthday Zionkirche Baltimore will present: The American Luther. Prof. Dr. Eric Gritsch, Director of the Forum, will do a presentation with discussion.
    A hearty supper of Bratwurst, beer, cider, bread, and potatoes finished with a German dessert is sure to please. $10. To RSVP, call or email the church office (410) 727-3939 by Nov. 8, 2006 . Reservations are necessary for admission. Zionskirche is on City Hall Plaza, click for directions.

  • Zionkirche Baltimore's Saturday, November 25 10am - 4pm and Sunday November 26 12 noon - 4pm Christkindlmarkt/Christmas market $1.00 per person [Co-sponsored by THE BALTIMORE KICKERS] Last year, this two-day event brought over 1500 people into Zion ’s garden and Adlersaal. As previously, shoppers will be able to feast on authentic German foods and stock their pantries with imported holiday goodies including Stollen, Lebkuchen, Marzipan, and Advent calendars. Local craftspeople display their handmade snowflakes, Santas and floral arrangements along with commercial importers of smokers and steins. A model train garden is also part of the event. The holiday spirit is initiated with a Christmas tree and live German brass music by the Alte Kameraden (City of Fairfax Band). People can begin their holiday shopping, relax with a glass of Glühwein, and converse with a friend in a festive setting. Door prizes are awarded and guided tours of Zion Church are available. Questions? Updated information? CALL: (410) 727-3939. Zionskirche is on City Hall Plaza, click for directions.

  • Lecture December 14, 2006 LECTURE Religion in the United States and Germany Simone Lässig, Rainer Praetorius (Helmut Schmidt University, Hamburg) German Historical Institute, 1607 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Washington .

  • Monday, December 18, 2006 OPERA The incomperable Bel Cantanti Opera Company returns to celebrate our muse's birthday with an abridged (to conform with a normal Beethoven Society concert length, that is!) version of Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro", nicely staged and elaborately costumed. Bel Cantanti brought us the superb "Amahl and the Night Visitors" during last year's holiday season. All concerts start at 7:30 P.M. and are held at the German Embassy. Organized by the Beethoven Society of America For details and tickets: 703-960-9876 or www.thebeethovensociety.org German Embassy Auditorium 4645 Reservoir Road, N.W.

  • Monday, January 9, 6:30 pm young and german Film Series GHI, 1607 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Washington .


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 5 - 6PM 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
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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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German Language Movies Scheduled for Washington
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 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.
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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