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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

Global Reading November 6
Click the link above. The article contains grammar and vocabulary beyond what you know. Read the article for who-what-where-when [and maybe why], looking up no vocabulary; devote no more than 8 minutes to this. Print out and bring to class. This global reading is somewhat different than the previous ones since it is much shorter; take the opportunity of the shortness to note the word order towards the end of the first sentence; also what do you notice about the present participle and its modifiers in the second sentence?
Global Reading October 30
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Global Reading October  17
Global Reading October  10
Global Reading 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?

If you can study with music in the background, click the link Der Freischütz Ouvertüre Carl Maria von Weber  to hear an example of romantic music that parallels the content of your reading selection in  Chapter 7:  Die Romantik 
Cognates: Eight Minute Global Reading for September 25 - click here:
Computer Generated Translation for September 25 Click on the link above. An example of a computer generated translation of material from your textbook.
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

  • October 6, at the Embassy of Austria Admission free. RSVP required: 202-895-6776 or
  • Concert September 26, 2007 at 7:30 pm Alexander Gheorghiu, violin Florian Müller, piano Arnold Schoenberg: Fantasie, op. 47 John Cage: Concerto for Piano John Adams: Road Movies (1995) Friedrich Cerha: Deux Eclats (1956) Anton von Webern: 4 Pieces, op. 7 John Cage: two6 September 26, 2007 at 7:30 pm at the Embassy of Austria Admission free. RSVP required: 202-895-6776 or
  • September 29 Fredericksburg Va Oktoberfest Spotsylvania County Business Park 3321 Dill Smith Dr. Fredericksburg, VA 22408  The 5th Annual Fredericksburg Area Oktoberfest. In traditional Bavarian fashion, Fredericksburg comes together under the big tent to celebrate Oktoberfest in September. Family fun, for all. Music, Magic, Song and Dance. Great German food. Newly released authentic Oktoberfest Beer and German Hefeweizen from Blue & Gray Brewing. Free Admission. Numerous vendors selling delicious German foods, desserts and pastries available all day. Fall crafts table for  the kids. Free samples of Blue & Gray Oktoberfest beer while it lasts. Beer for sale in 12 oz cup or 20 oz commemorative 2007 stein. A 1/2 off coupon for 2007 Stein on the website.
  • Saturday, September 29, 2007, 11am-8pm - Oktoberfest in Lovettsville, VA.
    Held in downtown Lovettsville, Virginia, located off Route 287 (Berlin Pike) in Loudoun County. Afternoon entertainment and dancing under the Oktoberfest tent. German food served by the Washington Sängerbund; you can find us and our delicious food in front of the big tent. LOVETTSville  Oktoberfest  Flyer PDF file to print and share
  • Frederick Md Oktoberfest September 29 - 30, 2007, Saturday: noon – 10 p.m., Sunday noon – 6 p.m. Frederick Fairgrounds, East Patrick St., Frederick, Maryland.
    Huge Oktoberfest with live music, kid's games, German foods, Biergarten and family fun. Admission: $5, Children ages 11 and under are free.
  • Heurich Mansion Brewmaster Washington DCFriday, October 5, 6-8-pm Evening at the Brewmaster's Castle. At the Heurich Mansion the Alpine Singers will perform German and Austrian music, and the Alpine Dancers will perform folk dances from Austria, Germany, and Switzerland. Tours of the mansion. Suggested donation: $10. Refreshments. No reservations necessary. Located at 1307 New Hampshire Ave, NW, Washington, DC (near Dupont Circle) Metro: Red line to Dupont Circle. Take Dupont Circle SOUTH exit. Walk one-half block down 19th Street. Take a RIGHT on Sunderland Place. Follow Sunderland Place to the end of the block. You have arrived at The Brewmaster's Castle (corner of 20th and New Hampshire). The Heurich Mansion was built in 1892-1894, during Dupont Circle’s golden era as the city’s premier residential neighborhood, by German immigrant, American citizen, brewer, real estate magnate, and philanthropist, Christian Heurich. Nicknamed "The Brewmaster’s Castle" while Heurich lived there, it was the city’s first fireproof home, built of reinforced steel and poured concrete, a novel construction technique at the time, and unheard of for residential construction. Enjoy a tour this evening! The Alpine Dancers & Singers
  • October 5 Wolfgang David, violin | David Gompper, piano  Arnold Schoenberg: Fantasie, op. 47 Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Much Ado About Nothing Noel Zahler: for violin and piano Johann Sebastian Bach: Chaconne, BWV 1004 David Gompper: Echoes October 5 | 7:30 pm | Embassy of Austria Admission free. RSVP required: 202-895-6776 or via e-mail
  •  Mid-Atlantic Oktoberfest October 7, 2007. Capitol City Brewing Company 2700 S. Quincy St., Arlington, Virginia Sample more than 60 beers and a variety of foods, while enjoying lively German entertainment. Admission: $20.
  • Film: KLIMT Austria 2005 (In English, 97 min.) October 10 | 8:00 pm  The film's plot centres on Klimt's passion for the French dancer and actress Lea de Castro, his struggle for artistic freedom, and his life-long relationship with Emilie Flöge. His close friendship with Egon Schiele forms the narrative voice of the film. A virtuoso homage to the famous Viennese artist and his life, set against the rich historical tapestry of the Fin de Siècle. Starring John Malkovich (Klimt), Veronica Ferres (Emilie Flöge), Saffron Burrows (Lea), Nikolai Kinski (Schiele).  October 10 | 8:00 pm | Embassy of Austria Admission free. RSVP required: 202-895-6776 or via e-mail
  • 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
  • Oktoberfest at Blob's Park  October 6 – 28, 2007, 6 p.m. Blob's Park, 8024 Blob Park Rd., Jessup, Maryland, Route 175 and the B-W Parkway.  This Oktoberfest features schnitzel and sauerbraten and more than 70 German beers and lively German entertainment. Admission: $7. Reservations are suggested. Blob's Park, near Ft. Meade on Route 175 just off the Baltimore Washington Parkway [Click for directions].
  • Stories of the Past (Damals in Europa) Film and Exhibition Three films and an accompanying exhibition portray the background of today's united Europe. Life in Europe now reveals little of the turmoil that swept across the land over the millennia, or the suffering of its people. Yet these experiences played pivotal roles in shaping modern Europe, its people, and their perspectives on life. Tickets for the films $6/$4. Monday, October 29, 6:30 pm Mother Courage and Her Children (Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder)
    Wednesday, November 7, 6:30 pm The Golem: How He Came Into the World (Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam)
  • November 6 - December 3 Tracing a Common Past (Damals in Europa) European History between the Meuse and Rhine

  • October 24 and October 25 SPECIAL EVENT Sauerbraten WED., Oct. 24, 2007  4-7 p.m and THUR., Oct. 25 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $12.00 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, Both Bavarian Beer Hall until 9pm with Neer Hall Music.
    click for directions.

  •  LECTURE October 25, 2007 GHI Fall Lecture Series German Historical Institute 1607 New Hampshire Ave, NW Washington, DC 20009 Refusing to be “Good Germans”: New Left Violence as a Global Phenomenon Speaker: Jeremy Varon (Drew University)

  • Tuesday, October 30, 7 pm [Cabaret in German] André Hartmann, Pianist, Kabarettist und Stimmen-Imitator. "Das Publikum erwartet ein höchst vergnüglicher Abend, wenn Zarah Leander, Franz Beckenbauer, Peter Maffay, Udo Lindenberg, Elvis Presley, Hildegard Knef, Louis Armstrong, Robbie Williams und weitere 30 Stars in einem sprachlich-musikalischen Brillant- Feuerwerk um ihren Platz am Sternenhimmel der Bühnenwelt streiten. Dabei glänzt André Hartmann durch gekonnte Parodie der verschiedenen Charaktere, Sprachwitz und Improvisationen. Virtuos schlüpft er von einer Rolle in die andere, imitiert Mimik, Gestik und Dialekt." Dienstag, 30. Oktober 2007, um 19.00 Uhr, im Carl-Schurz Auditorium der Deutschen Botschaft Washington. Schriftliche und namentliche Anmeldung Ort: erforderlich - begrenzter Einlass Auditorium, Deutsche Botschaft,, 4645 Reservoir Rd., N.W. Washington, DC 2007. Einlass : ab 18:45 Uhr
  •   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
  • Monuments, Memorials and the Culture of Memory: A Dialogue with Marc Pachter (National Portrait Gallery) and Thomas Lutz (Berlin’s Topography of Terror Foundation) will participate in a discussion on monuments, museums and the culture of memory at the Goethe-Institut Washington on Tuesday, October 30 at 6:30 pm. Washington is a city of monuments and memorials – and so is Berlin, though by and large the purpose of the institutions in the two cities is quite different, given their vastly contrasting histories. The discussion will focus on why we build memorials, monuments, and museums, and for whom. The purpose of memorials in the cultural and educational life of two capital cities looking both to the past and to the future will also be addressed  No charge. RSVP to 202-289-1200 ext. 169

  • 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 Schools, the Military, October 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
  •   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 German Embassy Auditorium 4645 Reservoir Road, N.W.

  • 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:

  •   November 1, 2007 LECTURE GHI Fall Lecture Series German Historical Institute 1607 New Hampshire Ave, NW Washington, DC 20009 Terror and Security: Law Enforcement, the Media, and Social Change in West Germany during the 1970s Speaker: Klaus Weinhauer (University of Bielefeld)
  • 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

  • You Bet Your Life (Spiele Leben) A film by Antonin Svoboda, Austria, Switzerland 2005 (in German with English subtitles, 95 min.) fate. 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:

  • 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.
  • Film Festival 2007 European Union Film Showcase November 1 – November 20, 2007 at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, Silver Spring, MD Austrian Selection: Import Export  A film by Ulrich Seidl, Austria, 2005/06 (In German with English subtitles, 136 min.)   Ulrich Seidl's second feature film Import Export has been invited to 45 festivals winning two prizes since its premiere in the competition of the 60th Cannes Film Festival in May 2007. It tells two stories which move in diametrically opposed directions: one is about Olga, a nurse from deepest Ukraine, the other about Paul, an unemployed security guard from Vienna. Olga seeks her fortune in the West and ends up working as a cleaner in a geriatrics clinic in Austria, while Paul and his step-father wind up in the Ukraine looking for work and a meaningful life. Import Export is set in a real geriatrics clinic, a real paediatric hospital, a real Internet sex agency, in real Roma slums, in a real school for cleaners – and yet the action is pure fiction.
    "Import Export is a disturbing, sometimes brilliant new film by Austrian film director Ulrich Seidl. It was very hard to watch, but I have the feeling I will need to see it again“. (New York Times, Manohla Dargis) 
    November 09, 2007 at 7:00 pm at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center November 13, 2007 at 6:45 pm at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center 

  • Lecture LECTURE November 08, 2007 GHI Fall Lecture Series German Historical Institute 1607 New Hampshire Ave, NW Washington, DC 20009 Militant Subcultures: The Origins of West German Terrorism in the Late 1960s Speaker: Detlef Siegfried (University of Copenhagen)
  •  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
  • November 9, 2007 at 7:30 pm Concert   Ryan de Ryke, baritone Daniel Schlosberg, piano Erich Wolfgang Korngold: - Piano Sonata No. 2 in E Major, op. 2 - From 6 Einfache Lieder, op. 9: Schneeglöckchen | Nachtwanderer | Das Ständchen - Drei Gesänge, op. 18: In meine innige Nacht | Tu ab den Schmerz | Versuchung - Alt-spanisch, op. 38, No. 3 | Alt-englisch, op. 38, No. 4 - Sonett für Wien, op. 41 Ernst Krenek: - Drei Gesänge, op. 56: Die Zerstörung Magdeburgs | Der neue Amadis | Fragment - Echoes from Austria, op. 166    at the Embassy of Austria Admission free. RSVP required: 202-895-6776 or 
  •  Sunday November 10 7-9pm Lutherfest To commemorate Martin Luther’s birthday Zionkirche Baltimore will present: The American Luther Babies, Birds and Dogs    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.
  • November 11, 2007 at 6:30 pm  Concert Paul Badura-Skoda, pianist Johann Sebastian Bach: Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 903   Franz Joseph Haydn: Variations in F Minor, Hob. XVII/6  Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata No. 21 in C Major, op. 53 “Waldstein” Franz Schubert: Moments Musicaux, op. 94, D 780 | Sonata in A Major, D 959  November 11, 2007 at 6:30 pm at the National Gallery of Art  West Building/West Garden Court  Admittance is free of charge, on a first-come, first-seated basis, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Please note that late entry or reentry of the West Building after 6:30 p.m. is not permitted. For further information, call 202-842-6941 or visit 
  • On View: Textiles of Klimt's Vienna  Through January 6 The movements of the Secession and the Wiener Werkstätte turned Vienna into a major center of creative activity between 1897 and 1932. The founding group of young artists who formed the Secession included the architect Josef Hoffmann, the painter Koloman Moser, and the painter Gustav Klimt, who was elected president. Participants strived to encourage a heightened sensitivity to, and appreciation for, culture and the artsTextiles-Klimt-Likarz_bearb.jpg in everyday life. The line between fine and applied arts became blurred, and the concept of Gesamtkunstwerk, or unified work of art, was introduced. This resulted in a full range of objects and furnishings being designed for specific interiors to create a unified, harmonious ensemble. The goal of this intimate, focused exhibition is to examine the artistic values and development of the Secession and Wiener Werkstätte movements through textiles, one of the most resonant and revealing aspects of artistic creativity of the time and a key element in the realization of Gesamtkunstwerk. On view are approximately 50 textiles and related objects including fabric samples, a sample book, fabric covered books and boxes created by Josef Hoffmann, Dagobert Peche, Maria Likarz-Strauss and other textile artists working in Klimt's era. The Textile Museum 2320 S Street NW, Washington, DC 20008 
  • Lecture LECTURE November 15, 2007 21st Annual Lecture of the GHI German Historical Institute 1607 New Hampshire Ave, NW Washington, DC 20009 The Future of the Sovereign State: Some Historical Reflections on the German Case Speaker: James J. Sheehan (Stanford University)
  • 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
  • Saturday, November 17, 2007, 7pm - Washington Sängerbund Fall Concert Mozart's "Sancta Maria, mater Dei", Buxtehude, Bruckner and others. Followed by a reception.  St.Ann's Catholic Church, 4400 Wisconsin Ave, NW, Washington, DC Washington Saengerbund Fall Concert Sacred and Secular Choral Works by Mozart, Brahms, Buxtehude, Bruckner, and others with strings and organ accompaniment under the baton of Maestro Mariano Vales Saturday, November 17, 2007 7:00 p.m. in the beautiful, historic St. Ann's Catholic Church 4400 Wisconsin Ave. NW Washington, DC The concert will be followed by a reception. TICKETS: Advance tickets: $25; students with valid ID: $20; at the door: $30 Tickets will not be mailed; all tickets will be held at the door. Mail checks, payable to Washington Saengerbund, c/o Mary Stradley, 10925 Milburn St., Fairfax, Virginia 22030. Please include your telephone number on the check. Orders must be postmarked by Monday, November 12. For further information, contact , call 703-591-1640 or the Washington Saengerbund hotline at 202-310-4691 or visit our Website at .

  • Zionkirche Baltimore's Saturday, November 24 10am - 4pm and Sunday November 25 12 noon - 4pm Christkindlmarkt/Christmas market $2.00 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.
  • 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


Swiss / Austrian / German Restaurants in the DC area

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

Stafford, VA 22554-4825
Old Europe
2434 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC
Cafe Berlin
322 Massachusetts Ave., NE
Washington, DC
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.
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 Capitol Hill 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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 Dictionary Suggestions German 115 Fall 2007 Highways and Byways of German Literature Reference Sources for the German Speaking Countries German Language Learning
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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