Book Reviews

Who are Max and Moritz? Behind Wilhelm Busch’s Bad Boy Stories

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In the end, two boys are ground up by the Miller in the giant flour mill, and then eaten by ducks. Sounds like the latest horror film to come out of Hollywood doesn’t it? But this is the ending of Wilhelm Busch’s “Max und Moritz: Eine Bubgeschichte in sieben Streichen” (“Max and Moritz : A […]

The Pied Piper of Hamelin Story- An 800 Year Mystery Wrapped in a Fairy Tale

In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson- My Review

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“In the Garden of Beasts” refers to the Tiergarten in Berlin (which translates to Animal Park or Beast Garden).  Much of the book takes place around this beautiful park,  once the hunting ground for the Great Elector Friedrich Wilhelm, the Grosse. In the 1930s, the Reichstag, the US Embassy, the Brandenburg Gate and Görings “city house” […]

Who are Max and Moritz? Behind Wilhelm Busch’s Bad Boy Stories

What is a Duden? It is MORE than Just a German Dictionary!

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Duden 01 – Die deutsche Rechtschreibung What is a Duden? Is it just a wordbook? A dictionary? A sort of Encyclopedia? A bit of a grammar guide? In truth, it’s all of those things. The German Duden or Vollständiges Orthographisches Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache (Complete Orthographical Dictionary of the German Language) by Konrad Duden is the gold […]

Who are Max and Moritz? Behind Wilhelm Busch’s Bad Boy Stories

Biergarten Cookbook Traditional Bavarian Recipes with a Modern Twist

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Biergarten Cookbook Visit any Bavarian Biergarten  during the Summer, and you will see people enjoying the mild weather with a Maß of beer and food. But this isn’t an ordinary picnic… you won’t find plain old ham sandwiches and potato chips… Out of baskets and coolers come fresh Salads, grilled Sausages, a variety of dips, […]

German Sour Cherry, Chocolate, and Cognac Gugelhupf Cake

The House By the Lake by Thomas Harding- History that Reads like a Novel!

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  The House by the Lake by Thomas Harding: One House, Five Families, and a Hundred Years of German History Lately I’ve been spending a lot of time reading books I would have avoided a few years ago… books about Germany in the 20th century. The emotional toll was just too high. But, despite my […]

Who are Max and Moritz? Behind Wilhelm Busch’s Bad Boy Stories

Traditional Couture; Folkloric High Fashion in Germany- Amazing Pictures of German Clothes

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Traditional Couture: Folkloric Heritage Costumes Earlier this year I shared the story of how I bought my first “dirndl” or tracht. Because my family is not Bavarian, I didn’t want to buy a Traditional Dirndl. Instead, I hoped to find something that would reflect the region my family came from in Germany, while still maintaining […]

Traditional German Tracht Show at German Fest, Milwaukee