On Aug. 1, 1833 the British outlawed (most) slavery in her colonies. There were, however, still crops that needed tending. Fortunately, Germany had excess people desperate for a better life. Some (as we have seen
) of them wound up in Texas.
Some, willing to sign on as indentured servants, wound up in Jamaica
Jamaica, to be exact. Their descendants can still be found. There is now a documentary
on the subject. (Extended trailer can been seen here
70 years ago today, the Arandora Star
was torpedoed and sunk off the coast of Ireland by Commander Günther Prien
, famous for sinking the HMS Royal Oak at Scapa Flow. Prien had taken its grey livery to mean the Arandora Star was an armed merchant ship. Instead, it was carrying Italian and German internees to be held in Canada for the duration of the war. [more inside]
Photos from the war.
A slideshow of photos taken by German soldier Werner Wiehe
... vermisst in Russland, 1944.
(While viewing the slideshow, might I suggest playing some appropriate musical accompaniment
, arranged in sequential order?!)
You've seen Fast Food vs. Reality.
Now witness the power of German ingenuity in the science of Photographing Food.
. [more inside]
Since the Middle Ages, German craftsmen have gone 'auf der Walz'
(taken to the road) as part of a kind of working-pilgrimage that artisans make after completing an apprenticeship with a master craftsman. These travels are meant to teach them about work and life and takes precisely three years and one day; they are not allowed to return home before this time. The trip can take these young craftsmen and women (all must be under the age of 30) halfway around the world (and often does
) and they are allowed only a small rucksack. Other than that, they can bring along their uniform (a simple black and white affair that almost defies description
), their tools, undergarments, a sleeping bag, a book and their trademark walking stick.
Although today this is a dying tradition, and is often more traditionally known as being a Journeyman
today, it still exists and has inspired some to write about the strage travellers they see on the road
. Indeed, perhaps the most famous work this tradition inspired is Australian poet Banjo Patterson
, whose work Walzing Matilda
is believed to have been inspired
by this fascinating yet waning custom.
What Would Jerry Do?
German neighborhood evicts family for praying too loud. The U.S. State Department is critical of the level of religious freedom
in Germany. But would a land nearly free of Scientologists
and intolerant of overt displays really be so bad?
Best designed stuff of '06.
The Industrial Design Excellence Awards
. Winners include the 2 second tent
, a new coffin
and the hover creeper
. Want more design? See what shaking in ecodesign
, or concept cars
. Perhaps you just want to know what's cool
or what those crafty Germans
are up to. Then again, maybe it's all just too much
represents an emerging Russo-German culture. He is a DJ
spinning Russian wild ska-punk club music, he is a radio talk-show host, the author of several best-selling books depicting the life of Russian immigrants in Germany, and a sort of good-humored emblem of the emerging hybrid culture of Berlin. In a fascinating interview
, he reveals post Soviet Russia, and Russian lives and literature in the West; you can read his stories, Paris Lost,
and Animal Transport,
and the usual overview of his works and of his significance,
in the NYT Books
Interesting article on The Loneliness of Being German
: "Germans have turned their back on the arrogance of nationalism.. But if nationhood is obsolete then so is identity. It would mean that there is no such thing as being German and that they possess no individuality." Meanwhile, far right wing party growing support in German elections
: "It's a great day for Germans who still want to be Germans" -- Holger Apfel, NPD leader in Saxony. Germany's government has described the NPD as a latter-day version of Hitler's Nazi party.
Three million Germans have voted post-war Chancellor Konrad Adenauer
as the greatest German of all time
. Reformation Monk Martin Luther
came second, with communist philosopher Karl Marx
third. Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
and writer Johannes Wolfgang von Goethe
were also in the running. Adolf Hitler and other Nazis were excluded from the poll.