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The Katzenjammer Kids- A German-American Comic for over 100 Years

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On Dec.12, 1897 a comic strip featuring a German-American family with a distinctly Denglish accent made its first appearance in a Sunday Supplement of the New York Journal. The Katzenjammer Kids featured twins Hans and Fritz, two boys who were always up to mischief and pranks. The word Katzenjammer basically means “Cat Wailing” or caterwauling, […]

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The Candy Bomber – The Berlin Airlift & Operation Little Vittles

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Cover Image-C-54 dropping candy during Berlin Airlift c1949 – Public Domain In a recent newsletter, I mentioned that I would be writing about the Candy Bomber who dropped handkerchief parachutes with chocolate payloads for the children of Berlin during the Airlift. One of my readers, Dorothea Thunig Smith, reached out to me with a lovely […]

Sorbian Easter Eggs- How are they made, and who are the Sorbs?

Who Was Baron von Steuben? A German-born American Patriot

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In 1783, in his final letter as Commander of the American forces, George Washington thanked General von Steuben for his “faithful and meritorious Services“. Who was Baron von Steuben? And how did a Prussian Baron end up crossing the ocean, and essentially turn around the American forces to help them win the Revolutionary war? Von […]

Vanilla Sauce Recipe – Vanillesoße – the Perfect Dessert Topping!

Was the US Official Language Almost German? The Muhlenberg Legend

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One of my FAVORITE urban legends is one I actually believed for a long time… that the official Language of the United States was almost German. It gets better! The legend says that in a Congressional vote, German lost by only one vote, and that’s why we speak English in America. I hate to bust […]

Vanilla Sauce Recipe – Vanillesoße – the Perfect Dessert Topping!

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