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Volume 63 Number 1

Kรถln, Germany

February/March 2015





Contents of This Issue 4

From the President’s Desk by Beverly Pochatko


30th Anniversary of the German-Bohemian Heritage Society


How I took a class at DANK and discovered my barbarian past


Forest Schools, Germany's Waldkindergarten


Fasching/Karneval Songs


Schiffbau in Deutschland


Chapter Chatter (Chapter news and updates)


Aus Oma's Küche


Hermann Monument Society Library and archive grow


Bavarian beer sets new record


Panda bear exhibition in Berlin


Romania’s ethnic Germans get their day in the spotlight


Easter Ad Order Form, Support DANK with a greeting


Fraport-Vorstoß zu Baubeginn


Remember you can assist by just adding one new member!


Calendar of Events


Odds and Ends

COVER PHOTO: Karneval in Köln, Germany

Editorial Staff Beverly Pochatko Eve Timmerhaus Eva Timmerhaus George Nagata Correspondents Anne Marie Fuhrig Christa Garcia Francine McKenna Desktop Publishing and Design George Nagata Advertising and Classifieds Eve Timmerhaus

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From The President’s Desk Beverly Pochatko, National President Dear Members and Friends of DANK Christmas with all its family gatherings, parties with friends the delicious cookies and candies came to a conclusion on the celebrating of the Three Kings on January 6 – or ‘Little Christmas’! Don’t know about anyone else, but we still have loads to cookies in tins to nibble on til probably Easter…well maybe not that long! In 2014, I became Great-Grandma for the 4th time! Little Ave Marina Lesniewski was born on November 6th. She’s the pride and joy of her parents, Tim & Melissa B., and grandparents Melissa A. & John Lesniewski. Winter has taken its toll in waves because of the snow and icy conditions popping up. Thankfully our Chapters do cancel meetings to keep their members safe! Spring is still two months off according to the calendar, but don’t bet on it! My right hand at the office, Eve, has had to deal with a medical condition and we reduced office hours temporarily. Thanks to Eva (her mom) who has been helping in the office and to VP Ron Kabitzke who helped publish this issue of the GAJ. We have a great Board who stepped up to help out until Eve is back on her feet and for that I am truly grateful. (You can send a card to Eve via the office.) Thank you to those who renewed their memberships early. We are still focusing on increasing our membership in 2015. Consider having a local membership drive to reintroduce DANK to your community. Sometimes we need to let people know who we are, what we do and why we do it. Keeping our heritage alive is important and unless we become more vocal, it can slide by the wayside. Don’t let it happen in your hometown. Time goes by oh so quickly. On Nov. 2, 2013, I was honored to be reelected to a second term as your National President. In just nine months we will be gathering in Bay City, MI to elect officers for 2016-17. I will have served two terms (four years), and have decided that I will not run for reelection. Having mostly accomplished what I set out to do. now is time for someone else to take the reins. There is still much work to be done. What I missed was the opportunity to attend events because of the austerity budget I requested to put us in a better financial position. I depended on my Board to represent me and they didn’t let me down. I know the time will go all too quickly and I am asking you to help nominate my replacement. Names of your nominee(s) can be sent to Robert Miske after you ask the person if they are willing to run. Thank you for being a supporter of DANK. Happy Groundhog Day!

DANK seeks to bring together Americans of German descent in the pursuit of cultivating and presenting their heritage and interests on local, regional and national levels. These were the primary reasons that the German American National Congress was founded in 1959 and they are still among the organization’s primary objectives today.

DANK National Executive Board President: Beverly Pochatko Vice President : Ronald Kabitzke Erik Wittmann Treasurer: Bob Miske Secretary: Esther Markwart Membership: Erik Wittmann DANK National Executive Office 4740 N. Western Avenue Chicago IL. 60625-2013 Phone: (773) 275-1100 Toll Free: 1-888-USA-DANK Office Hours: 9 am - 4 pm Monday, Wednesday-Friday Executive Secretary Eva Timmerhaus Office Manager Eve Timmerhaus





30th Anniversary of the German-Bohemian Heritage Society

The international German-Bohemian Heritage Society (GBHS), headquartered in New Ulm, MN, celebrated its 30th Anniversary with a banquet at the Country Club on October 18, 2014. Over 100 members and guests were present, many wearing their homeland clothing (tracht). The day began with a "Culture Corner" where families set up displays of photos, newspapers, and artifacts from the old country (die alte Heimat), and from the new homeland in the New Ulm area. The formal program began with a welcome and presentation of GBHS' new website ( by Molly Schweinfurter, President. Louie Lindmeyer read a proclamation from Mayor Robert Beussman declaring October 18 as German-Bohemian Day in New Ulm. Robert Paulson, the founder of BCHS, delivered his historical recollections of how it

all began in 1984. GBHS' King (Kรถnig) Denis Warta led the assembly in a rousing chorus of the Bohemian Forest Song (Bรถhmerwald Lied) sung in the old Bohemian dialect. Jerry Gulden proposed a heartwarming toast to German-Bohemians, past, present, and future. Daniel Hoisington, historian and author, presented a preview of a forthcoming documentary video showing accounts of immigration from Europe to America from the memories of descendants of the pioneers who arrived here in the last half of the 19th century. The program was followed by a short business meeting with a year-in-review report and election of officers. The evening was capped by two hours of socializing, dancing, and schunkeling (rocking and swaying together) to homeland-style music by Donnie Klossner on his concertina.

Erie Chapter in Memoriam Hildegard E. Hinz Bahl, 88 of McKean, passed away following a lengthy illness. She was born in Pommern, Germany, a daughter of the late Reinhold and Margarite Doring Hinz. Hildegarde joined the Erie Chapter of DANK in 1996. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Gustav "Gus" Adolf Bahl. She is survived by two daughters and two sons, one brother, 10 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. A memorialcontribution was made to the Alheimer's Association by the Chapter.




How I took a class at DANK and discovered my barbarian past by Brigitte Schwarz King J.D. In addition to language instruction, and cooking classes, DANK/Chicago tried out a new type of class this Fall of 2014: “Early German History, from Neanderthal Mann to Karl der Grosse”, moderated by Mike

Haas. I have always been curious about cave man, and was interested in studying German history, but didn’t expect the class would yield me a new role model from out of the pages of history and leave me inspired and invigorated! As a German-American living in Chicago since the age of seven, what little I knew of German history centered on WWII, which my parents lived through, and WWI, in which my grandfather fought. In school we

learned about the Thirty Years War, which students like because we can all answer the question of how long it lasted. The history books in school were full of dates -such as, “Germany became a nation-state in 1871” -- all of which managed to seem a bit boring. But learning about history from the new perspective of beginning with cave man was mysterious and exciting and lent a new insight into my roots. We learned in this class that for much of their early history our ancestors were, quite simply, barbarians. According to the Roman historian Tacitus, they were big and strong. They wore animal furs, the men with long and scruffy beards, the women with long flowing hair, the children wearing nothing but a cape loosely around their shoulders fastened with a thorn (or a bronze pin for the well-born).  The Germans were more maritally faithful than their Roman counterparts, writes Tacitus. What impressed me was the position of respect the ancient German women held. As seers and prophetesses, they determined when the men should go into battle. And if the battle lagged, the German women joined in, fighting with a sword in each hand rather than be captured and have themselves and their children subjected to slavery. Their love of freedom, their passion and physical strength bring to mind my own indomitable mother Hertha, who survived two world wars and sheparded her family across an ocean so they would be safe. I know what I will wear to the next costume party: I will be Thusnelda, who defied her father to marry the man she loved -- the leader of the briefly united Germanic tribes which defeated the Romans in an epic battle over three days in September of the year nine, known by his Latin name, Arminius, or his German name, Hermann. When we first entered the class, we saw the set-up was not the usual one. A projector pointing at a screen lent a glow to the darkened classroom on the third floor of the Dankhaus.  We were treated to videos and film excerpts, and to slides showing maps or summarizing information. Books were available, but mainly to be loaned by Mr. Haas to members of the class or to be examined in class such as a volume explaining German family names. But there were no required readings, no homework, no tests and no grades. Mr. Haas, who has an MA in History and is a retired Chicago police officer,





Herman and Thusnelda organized the material he gathered from several sources and presented it according to the method used at the police academy, he said, rather than the familiar, often boring style of the droning university professor who stands in the front and reads from notes. Especially innovative is Mr. Haas’ role as moderator and not pontificator. Many of the current conclusions regarding the early origins of modern man, for example, are not set in stone but are still being modified with each new archaeological discovery. Mr. Haas knows how to step back while the class discusses mysteries such as how, though homo sapiens supplanted Neanderthal man by probably wiping them out in repeated skirmishes whenever they met, and despite the two being considered different species, it still happens that modern man carries in his genes a few percent of Neanderthal DNA.  For the prehistory period, there are scant written records, and we must rely on the bones, clothing and artifacts found in burial mounds or bodies preserved in bogs. Compounding the problem in the study of early German history is the fact that the Germans did not read nor write until the time of Charlemagne, also known as Karl der Grosse. We can read about them in brief accounts from foreign writers, as when they came into contact with the Roman Empire. But many events must be pieced together in modern times, such

as the battle led by Hermann against the Romans in the Teutoburg Forest in AD 9. We know the number of Roman soldiers involved (20,000 i.e., three legions), but have no idea of the number of Germans -- they did not count themselves. nor divide themselves into fighting units of ten which fought in a coordinated manner like the Romans. How three legions of the most organized fighting force of the time were lured into roadless, dark primeval forests and bogs and were cut down by hordes of barbarians with inferior weapons is gleaned mainly through archaeological excavations undertaken in the late 20th Century. We can see the nails from the shoes the Roman soldiers stood in where they were cut down, the remains of the bridles and bones of the horses, and where the arrows landed. Our ancestors managed well enough without writing; news of the German victory reached Rome via the delivery of the defeated Roman general’s severed head! I had not realized how engaging and empowering the study of history can be. It makes a wonderful pastime for those with advanced degrees -- as were many of the students in Mr. Haas’ class according to DANK/ Chicago official Nikki Dombrowski -- and this is equally so for those who never really liked school so much. Besides books and periodicals, today’s student has Continued on page 19




Forest Schools, Germany's Waldkindergarten by Francine McKenna, Staff Columnist Waldkindergarten, wood or forest kindergartens. A natural development in a country where, from city parks and gardens to the almost 30 percent of Germany’s land under protection in over 7,000 nature reserves, the emphasis is on “nature” and the “environment” as a vital ingredient for life and living. Dressed for the weather, and as an open air all weather school whatever the season come rain or shine, for pre-school pupils at a Waldkindergarten  learning  means being outside in an open unstructured setting. Experiencing all facets of nature and wild life.  At least half of their day is spent in open air, where groups of children get very dirty and often wet, climb and fall off trees, play with whatever there is to be found outside, explore, learn, and through curiosity and fantasy acquire a basic insight into, and understanding and respect for, the nature that surrounds them. Often split into two groups, 18 months to three years, and from three untilschulreife, ready for first grade at six years old, and with little obvious direction from the teachers, children from both age groups in a Waldkindergarten combine their own choice of physical activity with quiet times. As there are no proper toys available, they become more independent and motivated, their imagination and concentration is developed, and they learn to work, play and communicate with each other.  Twigs and branches, found lying around or transported to site by the children, make hideaways built to their own design and calculations.  A branch can become a swing, a slide, a pirate ship. Somewhere to sit while listening to a story, looking at a book, singing, playing music with sticks, stones and seed pods, eating lunch, observing sounds and scents of the nature that surrounds them or watching patterns made by light and shade through trees. Four twigs on the forest floor are the frame for a picture drawn in the soil, or a collage made with objects found nearby, and the stick that today is a prod to poke under stones is tomorrow a magician’s wand. Natural habitats are explored, wildlife, plants and trees  inspected and discussed. Under guid-

ance herbs, leaves and berries that have been found are tasted and teas brewed over an open fire, while as they pass through the seasons the children learn the sequences of time and nature. And a sense of place. Modern life and television often bring about a situation where young people know more about African wildlife than they do about the life outside their own door, and the nature and environment of the part of the world in which they live. Already by 2005, in his book The Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv, described this as nature deficit disorder. For the children of today the first hand experiences and contact with nature of their parents,

grandparents and the generations before them have now been replaced by a virtual reality. In urban and suburban areas of Germany increasing numbers of parents are choosing to send their preschool children to a Waldkindergarten, and the government provides subsidies to parent associations wishing to found and run schools when none exists in their neighborhood. Parental participation in one way or another is part of the ideal and the system of education, and once established monthly school fees are kept low. Increasing evidence shows preschoolers who have attended forest kindergarten are ahead developmen-




tally of those from a more conservative system, and that Waldkindergarten are successful amongst other things in developing independence, concentration, imagina-

tion, social skills, communication, coordination, fitness and an appreciation and understanding of nature. It is not a new concept but was first thought of in the


mid 19th century byFriedrich Froebel, who had been born and brought up in one of Germany’s forested regions. Highly educated he became committed to the idea that, contrary to the practices of the time, play and open air were essential parts of a child’s growth and education and so began an educational system which took account of his theory, later inventing the description kindergarten, or “children’s garden”. Over time his ideas were replaced by conventional methods of teaching young children and, although adopted in Scandinavian countries during the 1950’s, it was not until the beginning of the 1990’s that  his theories were once again acceptable in Germany and the first Waldkindergarten was founded. Now, although more are opened every year in cities like Berlin as well as country towns, long waiting lists exist for the hundreds of countrywide “forest schools”.  Today’s Forest School is a 19th century concept that fits perfectly to the 21st century, and one that is beginning to be followed by more countries, while in a “Green Germany”, with a strong ecological and social culture, it has become a fundamental system of education. Not only for the present day, but also for the future life and life style of the country and its people.

3rd Annual Germany Under Glass at the Mitchell Park Domes A day of fun for the whole family Need a vacation, but don’t want to travel far? Come to the Mitchell Park Domes on Saturday, March 7th 2015 and immerse yourself in German culture as you attend Germany Under Glass sponsored by the German American Societies, Inc. and Milwaukee County Parks. The festival will open at 9am at the Domes, 524 S. Layton Boulevard, and end at 5pm.  Along with this very popular ethnic festival, you will be able to take in the ever-popular Garden Train Show - G-scale trains that wind their way through the landscape. Bring your family and experience a mini-trip to Germany while using all five of your senses within the unique environment of the Mitchell Park Conservatory.  Relax at the Konditorei (café) with a cup of coffee and help yourself to a serving or two of Bienenstich (custard filled torte). Explore the beauty of the conservatories while being enter-

tained by German musicians and dance groups. As you stroll through the Domes, stop and taste the flavors of Germany with entrée’s from a local vendor. Guests are invited to visit the Education Center to listen to speakers on such topics as the “Peaceful Revolution that led to the re-unification of Germany”, “Beer, Bread & Sausage”, “German Pioneers of Brewing” . There will be plenty of family-friendly activities with crafts, games and storytelling for children and demonstrations created by the local German clubs. For more information call the Mitchell Park Domes at (414) 2575600.   Germany Under Glass Saturday, March 7th   9am - 5pm Adults  $7.00   Kids 6-17  $5.00    5 & under free Seniors with proof of Milwaukee Residency $5.00 College Student w/ ID $5.00




Fasching/Karneval Songs Ach, du lieber Augustin Ach, du lieber Augustin, Augustin, Augustin, Ach, du lieber Augustin, alles ist hin! Geld ist weg, Mädl ist weg, alles weg, alles weg! Ach, du lieber Augustin, alles ist hin! Ach, du lieber Augustin, ‘s Geld ist hin, ‘s Mädl ist hin; Ach, du lieber Augustin, alles ist hin! ‘s Geld ist weg, ‘s Mädl ist weg, Augustin liegt im Dreck! Ach, du lieber Augustin, alles ist hin! Bier her, Bier her Bier her, Bier her, oder ich fall um, juchhe! Bier her, Bier her, oder ich fall um! Soll das Bier im Keller liegen Und ich hier die Ohnmacht kriegen? Bier her, Bier her, oder ich fall um! Du, du liegst mir im Herzen Du, du liegst mir im Herzen; du, du liegst mir im Sinn. Du, du machst mir viel Schmerzen, weißt nicht wie gut ich dir bin. Ja, ja, ja, ja, weißt nicht wie gut ich dir bin. Ja, ja, ja, ja, weißt nicht wie gut ich dir bin. Du Kannst nicht treu sein Du kannst nicht treu sein, nein, nein, das kannst du nicht, wenn auch dein Mund mir wahre Liebe verspricht. In deinem herzen hast du für viele Platz; darum bist du auch nicht für mich der richt’ge Schatz. Als Liebling der Frauen ist Oskar bekannt, bei ihm sind die Mädels wie Wachs in der Hand. Doch Edith, die schlaue, durchschaut ihn sofort, sie glaubt seinen Schwüren kein einziges Wort. Und als er nicht aufhört, im Liebe zu flehn, gibt sie dem Adonis verschmitzt zu verstehn: Im Himmel gibt’s kein Bier Im Himmel gibt’s kein Bier, Drum trinken wir es hier. Denn sind wir nicht mehr hier, Dann trinken die andern unser Bier. Sicher muß der Wein vom Rhein etwas Wunderbares sein. Sicher ist ein feiner Sekt etwas, was besonders schmeckt. Sicher ist der Schnaps so scharf, daß man einen heben darf. Aber heut’ seid’s gescheit, liebe Leut’.

Im Himmel gibt’s kein Bier, Drum trinken wir es hier. Denn sind wir nicht mehr hier, Dann trinken die andern unser Bier. In München steht ein Hofbräuhaus In München steht ein Hofbräuhaus: Eins, zwei, ... g’suffa ! Da läuft so manches Fäßchen aus: Eins, zwei, ... g’suffa ! Da hat so manche braver Mann: Eins, zwei, ... g’suffa ! Gezeigt was er so vertragen kann. Schon früh am Morgen fing er an, Und spät am Abend kam er heraus, So schön ist’s im Hofbräuhaus. Mein Hut, der hat drei Ecken Mein Hut, der hat drei Ecken, Drei Ecken hat mein Hut. Und hätt’ mein Hut nicht drei Ecken, So wär’ er nicht mein Hut. Muß i’ denn Muß i’ denn, muß i’ denn Zum Städtele hinaus, Städtele hinaus Und du, mein Schatz, bleibst hier. Wenn i’ komm, wenn i’ komm, Wenn i’ wieder, wieder komm Kehr i’ ein, mein Schatz, bei dir. Kann i’ gleich net allweil bei dir sein, Han i’ doch mein Freud’ an dir. Wenn i’ komm, wenn i’ komm, Wenn I’ wieder, wiederkomm, Wieder, wiederkomm, kehr i’ ein, Mein Schatz bei dir. O du wunderschöner deutsche Rhein O du wunderschöner deutscher Rhein, du sollst ewig Deutschlands Zierde sein. Doch als ich dann der holden ins Aug’ gesehn, da war es, ach, gar bald ums Herz geschehn. In Seligkeit schwor ich der Maid die ew’ge Lieb’ und Treu, sie sank voll Lust an meine Brust, vereint sang’n wir aufs neu: O du wunderschöner deutscher Rhein, du sollst ewig Deutschlands Zierde sein. O du wunderschöner deutscher Rhein, du sollst ewig Deutschlands Zierde sein.





Fasching/Karneval Songs Rosemunde Schon seit vielen langen Jahren liebe ich die Rosamunde, und ich denke jede Stunde: einmal muß sie es erfahren. Seh’ ich ihre roten Lippen mit dem ewig frohen Lachen, möcht’ ich alles machen, um daran zu nippen! Warum läßt sie mich nur schmachten, immer lächelt sie von ferne, ach, ich wüßte nur zu gerne, wie’s bisher die and’ren machten. Still verborgen wie ein Veilchen lebe ich in ihrer Nähe, doch wenn ich sie sehe, wart’ ich noch ein Weilchen. Aber heut’ bestimmt, geh’ ich zu ihr, Gründe hab’ ich ja genug dafür! Ich trete einfach vor sie hin und sag’ ihr, wie verliebt ich bin. Sagt sie dann noch nein, ist mir’s egal, denn ich wart’ nicht auf einandermal! Ich neh’m sie einfach in den Arm und sage ihr mit meinem Charme: Rosamunde, schenk’ mir dein Herz und dein “Ja!” Rosamunde, frag’ doch nicht erst die Mama. Rosamunde, glaub’ mir, auch ich bin dir treu, denn zur Stunde, Rosamunde, ist mein Herz grade noch frei. Trink, trink, Brüderlein trink Trink, trink, Brüderlein, trink, lass doch die Sorgen zu Haus! Trink, trink, Brüderlein, trink, lass doch die Sorgen zu Haus! Meide den Kummer und meide den Schmerz, dann ist das Leben ein Scherz! Meide den Kummer und meide den Schmerz, dann ist das Leben ein Scherz! Wenn du erwachst am Morgen und schlägst die Augen dann auf, bedrängen dich oft Sorgen, beginnst du den Tageslauf: hilft sie dir keiner tragen und kommst du nicht zur Ruh’, an solchen schweren Tagen ruf ich als Freund dir zu: Trink, trink, Brüderlein, trink, lass doch die Sorgen zu Haus! Trink, trink, Brüderlein, trink, lass doch die Sorgen zu Haus! Meide den Kummer und meide den Schmerz, dann ist das Leben ein Scherz! Meide den Kummer und meide den Schmerz, dann ist das Leben ein Scherz!

Ein Prosit ein Prosit, ein Prosit der Gemütlichkeit, Ein Prosit, ein Prosit der Gemütlichkeit Trink’n wir noch ein Tröpfchen Trink’n wir noch ein Tröpfchen, trink’n wir noch ein Tröpfchen, aus dem alten Henkeltöpfchen, Trink’n wir noch ein Tröpfchen, trink’n wir noch ein Tröpfchen, aus dem alten Henkeltöpfchen. O Susanna, wie ist das Leben noch so schön! O Susanna, wie ist das Leben schön! Willst du mal Susanna, willst du mal Susanna, willst du auch mal mit mir tanzen! Komm an meinem Herzen, mach mir keine Schmerzen, holdes Kind, Ich lieb’ dich sehr. O Susanna, wie tanzt du doch so wunderschön, O Susanna, wie tanzt du doch so schön. Alle Möpse beißen, alle Möpse beißen, nur der kleine Rollmops nicht. Alle Möpse beißen, alle Möpse beißen, nur der kleine Rollmops nicht. O Susanna, wie ist das Leben noch so schön! O Susanna, wie ist das Leben schön! Wir kommen alle, alle, alle in den Himmel Kinder, ich weiß ja, ihr habt es nicht leicht, bis ihr im Leben das “soll” erreicht, Was ihr getan steht im Buche der Zeit, ob ihr nun Schmitz oder Müller seid. Alle die Zahlen die sauber geführt, werden am Ende addiert. Doch diese Rechnung hat keinen Verdruß sie bringt uns alle nur Plus. Wir kommen alle, alle, alle in den Himmel, weil wir so brav sind, weil wir so brav sind. Das sieht selbst der Petrus ein, er sagt: “Ich laß gern euch rein, Ihr wart auf Erden schon die reinsten Engelein!”




Schiffbau in Deutschland Deutsche Spezialanbieter im Schiffbau gehören zur Weltspitze

Der Schiffbau in Deutschland steht im Schatten anderer führender Branchen wie der Automobilindustrie. Aber einige, außerhalb der Branche weitgehend unbekannte Werften gehören zur Weltspitze. Drei Beispiele: Die Meyer Werft in Papenburg, in siebter Generation in Familienbesitz, hat sich in den vergangenen Jahrzehnten einen Namen als Hersteller von großen und modernen Kreuzfahrtschiffen gemacht. Bislang hat die Werft 38 Luxusliner ausgeliefert. Jüngstes Beispiel ist die Übergabe der „Quantum of the Seas“ an die Rederei Royal Caribbean Cruises im Oktober 2014. Im August 2014 hat die Meyer Werft zur Ausweitung ihrer Kapazitäten die finnische Kreuzfahrtwerft STX in Turku übernommen. Dort wurden zwischen 2009 und 2010 die beiden größten Kreuzfahrtschiffe der Welt, die „Oasis of the Seas“ und die „Allure of the Seas“, gebaut – ebenfalls für die Linie Royal Caribbean. Die Lürssen Werft in Bremen, seit 1875 in Familienbesitz, hat sich erfolgreich auf den Bau von LuxusMegajachten spezialisiert. Allerdings: Informationen

zu Schiffen oder Namen von Kunden werden nicht veröffentlicht. Es sei denn, der Kunde wünscht es. Einer von ihnen ist Prinz al-Walid ibn Talal Al Saud, für den Lürssen 2013 die mit 180 Metern längste Privatyacht der Welt gebaut hat. Natürlich werden auch keine Preise genannt. Aber eine Branchenregel lautet: Eine Million EURO pro laufendem Meter Schiff ist der Basispreis; Extras kosten extra. Die Fassmer-Werft in Berne bei Oldenburg gehört weltweit zu den führenden Anbietern von hochwertigen Rettungsbooten, wie man sie von Kreuzfahrtschiffen kennt. Das Familienunternehmen setzt auf Innovation und Flexibilität. Schon früh wurden neue Werkstoffe wie Glasfaserverstärktes Polyesterharz eingesetzt. Die Angebotspalette reicht von kleinen Bereitschaftsbooten über Rettungs- und Freifallboote bis zu Tenderbooten. 2008 hat das Unternehmen XXLRettungsboote für bis zu 300 Personen vorgestellt, die einen besonders schnellen Einstieg und damit hohe Sicherheit gewährleisten. ©





Chapter Chatter Erie’s DANK Chapter gives back to the community By Beverly Pochatko There is more to our being a DANK Chapter than just meetings and social events. To our Erie Chapter it has always been to support our community as well. Each year, we raise funds through various activities including the German Heritage Festival held each Labor Day Weekend. Monies raised are earmarked for various charitable organizations to support our Erie Community. We are pleased to announce that this year we have contributed $1,260 in monetary gifts, as well as supplies for the temporary overnight shelters. In keeping with our yearly contributions to various organizations, we sent $250 to the Erie County Public Library to purchase additional books for the Heritage Room, and we sponsor five subscriptions to German Life Magazine ($80) for circulation; In addition to artifacts, we contributed $250 to the Erie Historical Society and Museum for the preservation of items relating to our German heritage; The Erie Society for Genealogical Research received $200 for the purchase of books and necessary supplies for researching our German heritage. The German language teachers in Erie County also receive a subscription to German Life

Magazine ($80); additionally we gifted The Mercy Center for Women, with $200. All this is from funds raised via the German Heritage Festival. The money we received from our sale of the national raffle tickets was to benefit the unfortunate souls who are homeless. We donated $100 each to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and Church of the Nativity Russian Orthodox Church for their temporary overnight shelters in the winter months when the temperatures are below freezing.. Beverages & supplies donated by our DANK members and the German Travel Group at Gannon University at our Christmas party were distributed to the Church of the Nativity who welcomed the homeless over Christmas, and to the Upper Room. DANK 71 (German American National Congress) was founded in 1990 to promote and preserve our German ethnic heritage. German Americans have contributed to the building of the city and the country since the early days, and we continue to support our local community. This year we celebrate our 25th Anniversary and the Chapter continues to meet on the 3rd Wednesday of the Month (excluding January) at 7 P.M. at the Erie Männerchor Club. For more information, please call 814-456-9599.

Chicago South & Suburbs In Memoriam It is with great sadness that our chapter mourns the recent deaths of two long time members Mrs. Theresa Stonitsch and Walter Hartung. Our sincere condolences are extended to both of their families. Mrs. Theresa Stonitsch always had a smile on her face when she came to our events with her lady friends. You would see and hear her sing along to the German songs. Her son, Terry was instrumental in placing the heating and air conditioning units within our DANK clubhaus/the German American Center in Frankfort. Mr. Walter Hartung passed away on January 12, 2015. Mr. Hartung was a 6th generation Meister baker from Germany. He was the owner of Flossmoor Bakery. He was extremely proud when his granddaughter Katie was crowned Miss DANK Chicago South 2007. There is comfort in friendship, hope in prayer and peace in love . . . Auf Wiedersehen.




Chapter Chatter Milwaukee celebrates Christmas and welcomes spring By Milwaukee Chapter member Jane Nacker DANK Chapter Milwaukee finished 2014 with a Christmas party for its members and German Fest volunteers on December 6 at Sacred Heart parish in Milwaukee. The DANK Chor performed, and Santa stopped in for a visit with treats for the children. Coffee and cookies were served. Raffle tickets were sold, and lucky winners received prizes which had been donated by members. As winter passes, DANK Chapter Milwaukee prepares for an active spring, starting with participation at Germany Under Glass on Saturday, March 7, 2015. This “mini-German Fest” is held at the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory. Sponsored by the German American Societies of the Greater Milwaukee Area and the Milwaukee County Parks, Germany Under Glass derives its name from the three glass domes that enclose the horticultural conservatory. Customs from Germany, Austria, and other German-speaking communities are showcased. Visitors stroll through the beauty of the conservatories while listening to German musicians and singers. There will be children’s games, activities and a fairy tale corner, as well as talks on genealogy, beer barons,

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language, and more. Light meals (Imbiss), cafe with desserts (Konditorei) and imported beers (Biergarten) will be available. The Milwaukee DANK Chor and Folk Dancers will perform, and a DANK information booth will be present. The following month, the DANK Chor will again perform, as they have been invited to be the guest chor at the Milwaukee Liederkranz concert on Sunday, April 12 at the Schwabenhof, Menomonee Falls, WI. On June 20 the Milwauikee DANK Chor is hosting the Wisconsin Sängerbezirk's annual Kommers, or singing competition at Hart Park in Wauwatosa, WI. Seven German choirs in Wisconsin will be participating. A dinner and dance will follow the competition. A dance will follow with music by Kenny Brandt. The trophy for the winning choir will be awarded on Sunday, June 21 at the Schwabenhof grounds at their Father's Day event. On March 15 our Chapter will have its Spring membership meeting at the German Fest office, 8229 W. Capital Drive. the time is 1:30 pm. Cake and refreshments including beer, soda coffee and milk will be served DANK Chapter Milwaukee’s main fundraising event of the year will be a Mai Tanz, on Saturday, May 9 at the Schwabenhof, Menomonee Falls, WI. Music for dancing will be performed by Steve Meisner. Proceeds will be used to support German education programs. More details on this event are forthcoming. DANK Chapter Milwaukee is on Facebook! See photos and chapter news. “Like” us at www.facebook. com/dankmilwaukee.

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Chapter Chatter South Bend Christmas Party

Close to 40 people met on December 7 at Weiss Gasthaus for a Christmas Party. The warmth of the candles and the Christmas decora-

tions made a beautiful setting for a nice and cozy afternoon. Trudy's hot spiced wine, prepared after an old recipe from her

Mom, gave the extra touch and made us feel warm all over. After a tasy luncheon we sang our traditional Christmas songs and Günter read the Christmas story in German. Coffee and cake followed. Who else but Günter dressed as Santa Claus surprised us all when he entered the room reciting the poem "Draussen vom Walde da komm ich muss euch sagen es Weihnachtet sehr". To the joy of the children Santa reached into his bag and handed every child a Christmas package with sweets. Ich wünsche ihnen Alle ein gesundes und glückliches Neues Jahr. Ihre Christine Weiss.

Benton Harbor Party held on Dec. 12th, dance on Dec. 20th

Dank chapter 13 had a great turnout for their bar party held on December 12th and a gift exchange was also held. Great food and fellowship followed. Donna Lippert also gave out numerous free Christmas gifts to all that attended. Our Christmas Dance with Mollie B held Decem-

ber 20th was the best turnout with over 245 coming thru to enjoy the wonderful music of Mollie B and Ted Lange. At the end Mollie B sang Ava Maria and brought some to tears.  We at Dank 13 wish everyone a Happy 2015. Come and visit us sometime soon.




Chapter Chatter Acoustics draw Choir to Yuengling's Cave They weren’t the usual sort of tourists, the group of 24 men setting up chairs and sound gear in the damp, dimly lit caves beneath America’s Oldest Brewery. “You have to be where you can see me,” Dan Fors-

The choir sings in the caves at the Yeungling Brewery berg said after they had assembled in two rows. “But if you happen to be in a place where it’s dripping, move an inch or two.” Moments later, a chorus of voices rises, drowning out the sound of trickling water and almost seemed to warm the dank chamber. Then the warm-up verse ends. “It’s still going. It’s still going,” Fersberger declared. “It’s somewhere out over the hill.” The Eintracht Singing Society of New Castle, Pa., a 25-member men’s a capella choir, took over the former storage caves beneath D.G. Yeungling & Son Inc. on a Monday morning to enjoy the acoustics of the closed rocky tunnels and make a recording that will eventually be for sale in the brewery gift shop. Founded in 1894, the society preserves a tradition of singing and fellowship begun by German speakers from Transylvania. “It was originally formed by immigrants who came here and wanted to continue their own language,” Lee Winter, New Castle, the choir president, said. Such cultural societies founded by European ethnic groups were once common in America and even now there

are several in the Pittsburgh area; however, “nobody sings like us,” Winter said. “It’s our heritage,” Forsberg, New Wilmington, the choir director, said. “We’re keeping it alive. We’re people who have come to know our common background. It’s something in the DNA. It strikes a chord. It says ‘this is what I like.’ ” Timothy W. Womer, society secretary, said he figured it would bring him closer to his German heritage if every week he could read the language and hear it. He said the choir happened upon such an inviting venue. In April 2013, members were invited to Harrisburg to sing in the state Capitol. While in the region, they thought they might pay their respects to a nonsinging regular at their weekly meetings — Yuengling beer, which is on tap at their hall. “We had the bus for the day and we figured we would have some fun,” Womer said. On that tour, as they walked through the caves, the acoustics caught the attention of Fersberg, who asked a seemingly puzzled tour guide if they could stop and

Members of the New Castle Eintracht Singing Society sing in the caves at the D.G.Yeungling & Son, Inc., brewery, while recording an album. NICK MEYER/STAFF PHOTO

sing for a few minutes. The result was a request to use the caves for a recording. “We’re grateful (Yuengling) would let us interrupt the tour — let us take over this piece of the cave for a





Chapter Chatter while,” Fersberg said. Before Monday’s session began, Forsberg offered a prayer, thanking God for the gift of song and voice. The men lifted their voices in “Ein Prosit,” a toasting song often

heard at Oktoberfest — and old movies — replacing “Gemuetlichkeit with “to Yuengling Beer.” Folksongs included “Das Morgenrot,” “Es bliess ein Jager,” and especially the slightly bouncy “Gluck Auf Steiger-Marsch,” which represents the good luck wish miners cry out passing each other at the entrance of their mines. “It’s the title song for our album,” Forsberg said. There was English as well, starting with “The Star Spangled Banner,” using an arrangement Forsberg came up with, the “Whiffenpoof Song” and “O Come O Come Emmanuel.” While working on that Christmas hymn, Fersberg exhorted the choir to exercise restraint and enjoy “the intimacy of sound,” which the unusual surroundings afford. “Usually we are in these awful banquet halls and have to fill out the space, and belt it out,” he said. Later, he explained their usual venues, including their hall in New

Castle, built in 1904, is “like Kleenex boxes. Here, we don’t have to be so bombastic. I can hear so much better than at the hall.” In contrast to the timeless nature of the Eintracht Society’s music is one inescapable characteristic of the group, the age of the members. “The bulk of us are above 60,” Winter said. There are several in their 80s and, one member, who alternated between sitting in the front of the group and standing with the help of a cane, is a bit older than that. Adam Pinovar will celebrate his 97th birthday Nov. 30. Many of the members are longtime singers — Ferberg has been doing it for 25 years — while some are newer, like Womer. His cousin, member Gerry Holzhauser, got him involved eight years ago. Yet, it is hard to draw new members, especially younger men. Dan Reiber, New Castle, president of the society, knows why. “They lack the time,” he said. Yet, as he described the Gemuetlichkeit of weekly meetings, where the singers sit in a semicircle, with a chair opposite each other, upon which they set their beer and schnapps and sheet music, where birthdays are celebrated and heritage comes to life, he makes it sound like time well spent. Our thanks to Mr. Henry Nyce, Publisher of the Pottsville Republican-Herald who has given us the to reprint this article, Published: November 4, 2014

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DANK in Arizona Out here in the West we pretty much take the summers off. Many travel to cooler climes, and those of us who stay behind try to stay in the pool or in air conditioned spaces. When we return to resume our monthly meetings, we begin working on our events for the fall, winter, and spring. This year our work on our German-American Day in October proved to be quite productive. Our GA-Day Celebration was one of the best activities that we have had. Many of our members are very creative, and that leads to the rest of us having a great deal of fun. At our GA-Day Celebration we always acknowledge those first German settlers who established Germantown, Pennsylvania, and we have added an acknowledgement of Germany’s Unification since both dates occur in early October. All of our events include delicious repast provided by the Sun City Elks’ Club, where we hold the majority of our major events. We had an exceptional entertainer at our GA-Day Celebration: Michael Corolla, who began the party with his accordion and invited our own Rainer Fischer to join him. The two of them went from table to table playing lively polka music and began our party with wonderful music. After lunch, a quartette, organized by Walter Weber, our talented Conférencier, serenaded the guests with a pair of Matrosenlieder to the accompaniment of Rainer Fischer’s accordion. After more dancing to Michael’s music—this time from his keyboard—two guests, Wolfgang Reinke and Paul Scheske, performed a skit based on the song, “Ein Loch im Eimer.” What would a DANK 48 gathering do without a performance of Anni Schmidt’s German Folk Dancers? It is difficult to imagine. She and her very talented dancers perform for us regularly as well as for most other German oriented events in the Valley of the Sun. Our winter event would be our annual Christmas Party. We hold this gathering at various venues around the Valley, but we have found that we enjoy gathering at the Pier d’Orleans in Mesa, AZ. Gathering there allows our East Valley members an opportunity to attend an event that takes place much closer to their neighborhoods. We enjoy the good food, the excellent company, and sing Christmas carols both in German and English. Rainer Fischer provides the music.

As president of Chapter 48, I enjoy presenting members an acknowledgement of their contributions to our efforts, and I took this opportunity to present Rainer with a Certificate of Appreciation for all that he does for us. He is always ready to jump in and accompany whoever would like to sing a song, and he is our Musikleiter for all of our sing-a-long activities. DANK 48 also makes contributions toward German education. We have contributed to the Arizona State University German Program for many years, and this year we have added another worthy recipient: German School Phoenix. Once affiliated with DANK 48 as a school for children, the clientele changed to all adults and, although classes are still conducted in the King of Glory Lutheran Church in Tempe, AZ, the management has changed. As the only school in the area that offers German classes for adults, our membership agreed that German School Phoenix was worthy of receiving a small gift from our chapter. Pictured below is Jerry Wood presenting a check to Dierk Seeburg, Director of the German School Phoenix, surrounded by some faculty members of the School, The presentation took place at the Arizona Center for Germanic Culture’s annual Christkindlmarkt. The photo was taken by another member of the GSP faculty.

As you, dear reader, can see, despite our location out here so far from the rest of you, DANK 48 continues to honor and spread the German language and culture. Jerry Wood, President DANK 48, Phoenix, AZ





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Want to save money while giving and helping the Education Fund? We are coming upon the 2014 Income Tax Filing period and some of our Members who itemize their deductions should give serious consideration to giving to the DANK Education Fund, a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization that allows you to support German language education and cultural activities while being able to write off those deductions. As you may know the DANK Education Fund is a totally independent organization, separate from DANK, whose purpose is to support German culture and language, under an independent Board of Directors. It does not receive direct monies from DANK, the National organization, thus solely dependent on private donations from DANK members and others supporting German language education, which as you may know has been dropped by many schools due to lack of resources. Funds in the past have supported various Chapter language programs, German Meet Up groups; scholarships to both local high school and college programs and other cultural activities relevant to the German-Austrian and Swiss communities. Germans, who have always been

supportive of education and their heritage, don’t always match that commitment by financial support. Other ethnic groups such as the Chinese, Italian and Irish communities, despite smaller in overall numbers have been more supportive of educational programs geared towards their cultural groups. All donations are welcome, small or large, a receipt for your donation will be returned to you for income tax purposes. Show your pride in your German heritage while potentially benefiting yourself at tax time. Do it today and be sure you provide your name and address either on the check or on a separate note so that you can receive your tax deduction acknowledgement. Checks should be made out to DANK Education and School Fund and sent to: DANK Education and School Fund 4740 N. Western Ave, Suite 206 Chicago, IL 60625-2013 Thank you! DANK Education and School Fund Board of Directors Erik Wittmann - Chair

How I took a class at DANK and discovered my barbarian past Continued from page 7 access to historical movies and even Youtube videos, making history a perfect hobby to pursue at any age. A Youtube video tells the story of how quarrymen found a partial skull and bones bones of Neanderthal man were found on the floor of a cave in the Neander valley (valley in German = “Thal”, old spelling, the h is silent) near Duesseldorf in Germany by quarrymen in 1856. They were almost discarded, but the local high school teacher was called in. Eventually it was determined that the remains dated back 40,000 years. Neanderthal man was supplanted by homo sapiens who emerged from Africa. Many generations later the people inhabiting this region would become the Germans of today, and their economy would be considered the driving force of modern Europe. After learning all this,

does it surprise anyone that Germany today is headed by a strong, intelligent woman? Not me!

Brigitte Schwarz King is from Berlin, Germany, and has been a German teacher at DANK/Chicago Adult Evening School.




Aus Oma's Küche We literally ‘ate’ our through the Christmas holidays and now in the spirit of our Grandmothers, we ‘use up’ all the fats and rich foods in the house by Shrove Tuesday to prepare for the somber season of Lent. The dietary restrictions are much more lenient today than in her day, but still we lean more toward a less rich diet and perhaps no desserts. Here are a few recipes that you might like to try.

HOT CROSS BUNS Hot Cross Buns are traditionally served on Good Friday (the Friday before Easter) and during the Lenten season, but they are good anytime. This recipe will make 2 1/2 dozen buns.

2 packages active dry yeast (1/4 ounce, each) ½ c. warm water KARTOFFEL KLÖßE 1 c. warm milk ½ c. sugar Potato Dumplings ¼ c. softened butter or margarine 1 c. mashed potatoes (can use leftovers) 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1 c. flour 1 tsp. salt Small amt. of finely chopped fresh parsley (opt) ½ tsp. ground nutmeg Mix the mashed potatoes together with the 6½ to 7 c. all-purpose flour flour. (DON’T knead, as too much flour will cause 4 eggs the dumplings to become “sinkers”.) Shape the ½ c. dried currents ½ c. raisins dough into small balls the size of a golf ball.. Place in a kettle of boiling salted water. Once 2 T. water they rise to the surface, let them cook for 12 min- 1 egg yolk 1 recipe Icing (below) utes. Drain and sprinkle with fresh parsley. Have the water and milk at 110-115 degrees Serve with a roast beef or pork and sauerkraut F. In a large mixing bowl, dissolve the yeast in the dinner. For Lent we just serve them with sauerwarm water. kraut and sautéed onions. Add the warm milk sugar, butter, vanilla, salt, The dumplings are delicious when sliced and fried in bacon grease or cut into cubes and heated nutmeg, and 3 cups of the flour. Beat until smooth. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating the mixture in sauerkraut. well after each addition. Stir in the dried fruit and Note: This is the recipe as given by our Grand- enough flour to make soft dough. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead unmother, Josephine Hartman. Gramma didn’t use til smooth and elastic, about 6 to 8 minutes. Place measurements as we do now – it was equal parts in a greased bowl and turn over to grease the top. of… Cover with a damp towel or plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size (about Variations: 1. Add buttered breadcrumbs to the initial dough; 1 hour). Punch the dough down and shape into 30 2. Add an egg and some chopped parsley to the balls. Place on greased baking sheets. Using a initial dough. 3. Shape the dough around a dried prune (with sharp knife cut a cross (or X) on the top of each the orange or lemon essence). After cooking, roll. Cover again and let rise until doubled (about sprinkle them with butter and a sugar-cinnamon Continued on page 21 mixture





Hermann Monument Society Library and archive grow The Hermann Monument Society (the Society) was founded in 2006. Its mission is to conserve, interpret, promote, and develop the Hermann Monument in New Ulm, MN, USA.  Hermann (Arminius in Latin) led a coalition of Germanic tribes which annihilated three Roman Legions in the Teutoburg Forest in northern Germany in the year 9 AD.  Thus the Germanic peoples in Central Europe developed independent of Roman rule.  The American monument to Hermann is on the National Register of Historic Places.  The 2000th Congress of the United States designated this monument as an official symbol for the contributions of Americans of Germanic heritage. The Society established its Library and Archive in 2010 to gather, organize, protect, and display materials which interpret Hermann for not only German-Americans but all Americans.   Its holdings have burgeoned to over 350 important items. Today the Library holds 80 folders related to the Society itself, including an historic Abstract of Title to the Hermann Park property dating from 1858, following the founding of New Ulm by Germans for Germans in 1854.  There are 17 books about Hermann in English and 18 in German.  There are 15 magazines in English and 10 in German dating from 1900 to the present day.  In the Archive are 99 items of memorabilia, much of it irreplaceable today, such as fancy porcelain dishes produced in Germany for the dedication of the Hermann Monument in 1897, and

commemorative coins and medals. There are even t-shirts and beer cans from the modern era.  There are 37 historic photographs and a certificate of membership relating to the builders of the monument: the Orden der  Hermanns Soehne (Order of Hermanns Sons, or O. d. H. S.) going back to 1882.  There are 25 artifacts, gifts from the O. d. H. S. Sons and Sisters of the State of California dating back to 1870.  And there are 9 audio discs, 13 audio-visual cassettes in German and English, 13 discs of photos of various events, and 18 videos in German and English. The Hermann Monument is owned by the City of New Ulm.  The Library and Archive is located in a secure area of the City Hall.  The Society’s Articles of Incorporation provide that in the event of dissolution, assets shall be distributed to the City for a public purpose. Items from the collection appear in a rotating display from May to October in the Interpretive Center of the monument high upon a western bluff overlooking the city at #10 Monument Street.  Access to these collections is available to Society members, and to qualified researchers, by contacting the Archivist, George L. Glotzbach, 907 Cottonwood Street, New Ulm, MN 56073 USA, phone (507) 354-2097, or email <>.  Or contact Lisa Pelzel in New Ulm’s City Hall, 100 North Broadway, New Ulm, MN USA, phone (507) 359-8233.

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milk or cream, a dash of salt, and ¼ tsp. vanilla extract. Stir until smooth. Adjust sugar and milk to make a mixture, which flows easily.

Continued from page 20 30 minutes). Beat the water and egg yolk together and brush over the rolls. Bake at 375° F. for 12 to 15 minutes. Cool on wire racks. Drizzle icing over the top of each roll following the lines of the cut cross. Icing: Combine 1-cup confectioners’ sugar, 4 tsp.

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Kurznachrichten Bavarian beer sets new record, figures show Success for Bavarian brewers: for the first time ever in 2014 they produced more beer than their rivals in North Rhine-Westphalia. The demand for their beer is ever growing, particularly from abroad. Some 22.8 million hectoliters - that’s over 2.2 billion litres - of beer were brewed in the southern German state of Bavaria in 2014, the state’s agricultural minister Helmut Brunner announced at the International Green Week food trade fair in Berlin. And that puts Bavaria at the top of the list of all German states, as far as beer brewing is concerned surpassing regular chart-toppers North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s most populous state. The main reason for these impressive figures is the great international demand, pushing exports to some 4.5 million hectoliters - a new record. Hardly any other

product, according to Brunner, represents Bavaria and Bavarian lifestyle as much as beer. Domestically there was a change in the 2014 figures as well: after years of declining demand the amount of beer consumed in Germany has seen a marked increase. One possible reason for this trend is thought to have been the football World Cup finals last summer. The foundation for Bavaria’s success, Brunner stressed, was the “Reinheitsgebot” - the German Beer Purity Law from 1516 - as well as high quality raw materials and the art of brewing based on centuries of tradition, reflecting regional identity. The approximately 600 breweries in Bavaria produce some 40 different types of beer and 4,000 brand specialties.

Panda bear exhibition in Berlin Bao Bao and Yan Yan were once stars at the Berlin Zoo. Now dead, the stuffed animals are the centerpiece of a new exhibition at the Museum of Natural

History in Berlin.Bao Bao is currently the last panda to have graced Berlin. He was a gift from the Chinese gov-

ernment to then chancellor Helmut Schmidt in 1980, and remained a zoo attraction until his death in 2012. China also loaned Berlin a female panda bear, Yan Yan, in 1995. Breeding experiments with the couple failed, and Yan Yan died in 2007. Now they can both be seen at the Berlin Museum of Natural History. The special exhibition “Panda” also presents the latest research insights from Berlin and Paris about anatomy, hunting and the lifestyle of the species. Visitors can also observe live pandas – via a webcam transmitting real-time images from a breeding facility in China. The World Wide Fund for Nature, coorganizer of the exhibition, classes pandas as one of the most endangered species on the planet. In southwestern China there are only 1,600 specimens left. “Pandas are far more than an endangered species,” comments Volker Holmes, head of species conservation for WWF Germany. “They are a symbol of how we humans deal with nature on Earth.” Author Kerstin Schmidt/ Elizabeth Gernier





Kurznachrichten Romania’s ethnic Germans get their day in the spotlight The surprising victory of ethnic German Klaus Iohannis in Romania’s presidential election has put the spotlight on the country’s German minority population.”Romanian Germans” is an umbrella term for the German minority living in what is now part of modern-day Romania. Some 40,000 Romanian citizens identified themselves as ethnic Germans in the country’s last census in 2012. The largest groups are the Siebenbürger Saxons in the middle of the country, and the Banat Swabians in the West. The first Germans from the Middle Rhine and Moselle Franconian regions (from Luxembourg, Lothringen, and the bishoprics of Cologne and Trier) settled in the area known today as Siebenbürgen (Transylvania), part of the Hungarian kingdom, as far back as the 12th century. The Hungarian kings allowed the German settlers - known as Saxons - to live along the Eastern border of their empire to better defend it against migrating people from Asia Minor. The settlements followed in several waves. The Germans enjoyed a range of privileges, including recognition as an independent nation. Since the Reformation, the Siebenbürger Saxons have been predominantly Lutheran. Their cities - such as Hermannstadt (Sibiu), Kronstadt (Brasov), and Schassburg (Sighisoara) evolved over centuries; Schassburg still has one of the best-preserved medieval town centers in Europe. Romania’s new President Klaus Iohannis is not the only prominent ethnic German: The new President of Germany’s Federation of Expellees (BdV) Bernd Fabritius, tennis coach Günther Bosch (who once trained Boris Becker), and co-founder of software company SAP Hasso Plattner all have roots reaching back to the Siebenbürger Saxons. At the end of the 17th century, a group of Swabians from southern Germany settled in the Banat region, which was then part of the Habsburg Empire. Their migration also occurred in several waves. Most of the settlers were from poor farming families. During the reign of Empress Maria Theresia, they received significant financial support and tax relief. The majority of Banat Swabians are Catholic, and their most important city is Temeswar (Timisoara); others include Arad and Lugosch. Among the most prominent Banat Swabians

are Herta Müller, winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize for Literature, Stefan Hell, winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, and Olympic swimmer-turned-actor Johnny Weissmuller, who famously played Tarzan in the classic 1930s and 1940s movies. After World War I and the Treaty of Trianon, the Siebenbürgen and Banat regions became part of Romania, and when World War II began around 800,000 ethnic Germans were living in the country. That number fell drastically amid the chaos of the war, following

At least one Romanian German became king of the jungle forced resettlements by the Nazis as well as deportations to labor camps in the Soviet Union after the Red Army marched into Romania. During the communist dictatorship era in the 1970s and 1980s, tens of thousands of Romanian Germans were “bought back” by the West German government under a program to reunite families. The next mass exodus occurred following the collapse of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu’s regime in December 1989. In the first years after the revolution, around 200,000 Germans left their homes in Romania. A school system dating back to the Middle Ages had already been set up by the various ethnic German groups, including the Siebenbürger Saxons, the Banat Swabians, the Sathmar Swabians, and the Bukovina Germans. The Romanian state integrated these schools into its national education system, making it possible to be taught in German, even under the Communist dictatorship. From: DW, by Robert Schwartz/DC






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Fraport-Vorstoß zu Baubeginn Fraport möchte mit dem Bau des Terminals 3 nicht mehr lange warten. In wenigen Monaten soll es losgehen - auch wenn die Regierung noch den Bedarf prüft. Die Grünen reagieren gereizt, Bouffier gibt sich unaufgeregt. Beim Errichten des umstrittenen Terminals 3 macht der Frankfurter Flughafenbetreiber Fraport Druck. „Wir gehen davon aus, dass wir im Sommer mit dem Bau starten“, sagte Fraport-Chef Stefan Schulte am Wochenende vorab der „Wirtschaftswoche“. Er bekräftigt damit ältere Aussagen. Die schwarz-grüne Landesregierung lässt derzeit den Bedarf des Terminals prüfen, Fraport hat aber bereits die Baugenehmigung. Der Betreiber von Deutschlands größtem Airport hatte daher erklärt, man wolle 2015 loslegen. Der konkrete Termin galt bislang als offen. Für Schulte steht die Notwendigkeit eines weiteren Terminals außer Frage: „Wir erwarten bis 2021 ein durchschnittliches Wachstum von zwei bis drei Prozent pro Jahr. Das bedeutet auch wieder mehr Flüge. Dafür brauchen wir das neue Terminal.“ Schon jetzt fehlten in Frankfurt Gate-Positionen, sagte Schulte der Zeitschrift. Es sei immer schwieriger, neue Fluglinien etwa aus dem Billigflugbereich nach Frankfurt zu holen.

„Viel Erfahrung mit Bau neuer Terminals“ Nach den Planungen könnte das neue Terminal auf der Südseite des Flughafens 14 Millionen Passagiere abfertigen. Der auf 2,5 Milliarden Euro veranschlagte Bau soll 2021 fertig sein. Schulte erwartet einen reibungslosen Bau - und keine Pannen wie beim

neuen Berliner Airport. Fraport habe viel Erfahrung mit dem Bau neuer Terminals wie in St. Petersburg oder Varna in Bulgarien. Hessens Regierung hat sich in ihrem Koalitionsvertrag auf Druck der Grünen, die das neue Terminal stets ablehnten, auf eine Bedarfsprüfung geeinigt. Gutachter wollen sich vor allem die Luftverkehrsprognosen von Fraport anschauen. Verhindern kann die Regierung den Bau aber ohnehin nicht. Das Land Hessen und die Stadt Frankfurt sind mit 51 Prozent größte Anteilseigner von Fraport. Derweil zeigen sich die in Hessen mitregierenden Grünen über das Vorpreschen von Fraport „irritiert“. Der Flughafenbetreiber sei offenbar auf das Projekt so fixiert, dass er Gegenargumente gar nicht mehr hören wolle, kritisierte Grünen-Fraktionschef Mathias Wagner. Genau diese Ignoranz mache Fraport bei den unter dem Fluglärm leidenden Anwohnern so unbeliebt.

Bouffier sieht kein Konfliktpotential Hessens Ministerpräsident Volker Bouffier (CDU) sieht aber kein neues Konfliktpotenzial in der Ankündigung von Fraport-Chef Stefan Schulte. Die Position der Landesregierung sei bekannt und das Ergebnis des Gutachtens von Wirtschaftsminister Tarek Al-Wazir (Grüne) zum künftigen Bedarf an Deutschlands größtem Airport noch offen, sagte der Regierungschef. Klar sei auch, dass der Flughafenbetreiber den rechtlichen Anspruch auf den Bau des Terminals habe. Bouffier zeigte sich zuversichtlich, dass beide Seiten zu einem einvernehmlichen Ergebnis kommen werden. From theFrankfurter Allegemeine Rhein Main

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Remember you can assist by just adding one new member! According to our data/information analysis over the past several years of persons joining the DANK organization, some of you (including Chapters) have fallen down on your commitment to assist your organization in gaining new members. While we have been successful in adding a chapter in Bay City, Michigan ( our host chapter for the 2015 Convention) within the last three years and working on developing a Chapter in the Carolinas and Las Vegas, while also re-vitalizing some of our smaller Chapters, our Membership Committee can not do it alone. The task of reaching out to our fellow citizens of Germanic ancestry falls on all of us. So I am requesting again that each member make that special effort to sign up just one new member. As stressed in past articles, it is even made easier when

you give a DANK membership to a family member of friend as a Christmas, Birthday, Anniversary or any other special occasion. While we are working on the development of new chapters and trying to revitalize dormant Chapters we must maintain our existing members and add new members. If each Family within our DANK Chapters would add just one new Member, a single effort by you, our membership could double the organizations size by 100%. So common Americans of Germanic ancestry, show your pride in your culture and letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s help bring new blood into this organization and make it the kind of organization we all want to see. Thank you in advance for your effort. Erich Wittmann, Membership Chair





Calendar Of Events February

15 Chicago South, Board Meeting, 2 pm

4 Milwaukee, Singing, 7 pm

15 Milwaukee, Membership Meeting, 1:30 pm

6 Benton Harbor, Fish Fry, 6 to 8 pm

15 Phoenix, Board Meeting, 1 pm

6 DANK-HAUS, KulturKuche, 7:30 pm

16 Chicago North, Board Meeting, 6:30 pm

7 Milwaukee, Board Meeting, 3pm

18 Erie Board Meeting and program TBA, 7 pm

8 Chicago West, Board Meeting, 1:30 pm

18 Milwaukee, Singing, 7 pm

9 Springfield, Board Meeting, Engel's on Edwards, 6:30 pm 11 Milwaukee, Dancing, 6 pm; Singing, 7 pm 15 Benton Harbor, Membership Meeting, 2 pm 15 Chicago South, Board Meeting, 2 pm 15 Phoenix, Board Meeting, 1 pm 16 Chicago North, Board Meeting, 6:30 pm 18 Erie Celebrate Fasching 7 pm Come in costume or wear a funny hat! 18 Springfield, Fairview Restaurant, Reservations required 6:30 pm Info call Pat Milner, 217.585.0387 20 DANK-HAUS, Stammtisch 7:30 pm 24 Uniontown, Board Meeting, 7 pm 25 Milwaukee, Dancing, 6 pm; Singing, 7 pm

20 DANK-HAUS, Stammtisch 7:30 pm 24 Uniontown, Board Meeting, 7 pm 25 Milwaukee, Dancing, 6 pm; Singing, 7 pm 27 DANK-HAUS, German Cinema, 7:30 pm 28 Benton Harbor, Spring Dance, Eddie Korosa & The Boys from Illinois, 6 to 11 pm

April 1 Milwaukee, Singing, 7 pm 3 DANK-HAUS, KulturKuche, 7:30 pm 4 Benton Harbor, Easter Egg Hunt 2 pm 4 Milwaukee, Board Meeting, 3 pm 8 Milwaukee, Dancing, 6 pm; Singing 7 pm

10 Benton Harbor, Fish Fry 6 to 8 pm 26 Springfield, Mama Mia, Univ. of IL, Springfield 7:30 pm Tickets: $60 per person Reservations by 12 Chicago West, Board Meeting, 1:30 pm Feb. 5 Contact Pat Milner, 217.585.0387 15 Eire, 25th Anniversary Celebration, 7 pm 27 DANK-HAUS, German Cinema, 7:30 pm 15 Milwaukee, Singing, 7 pm


17 DANK-HAUS, Stammtisch 7:30 pm

4 Milwaukee, Board Meeting, 3 pm

19 Phoenix, Board Meeting, 1 pm

6 Benton Harbor, Fish Fry, 6 to 8 pm

20 Chicago North, Board Meeting, 6:30 pm

6 DANK-HAUS, KulturKuche, 7:30 pm

21 Uniontown, Board Meeting, 7 pm

7 Milwaukee, Germany Under Glass @ Mitchell Park Domes, 524 S. Layton Blvd. 9 to 5 pm 8 Chicago West, Board Meeting, 1:30 pm

23 Milwaukee, Dancing, 6 pm; Singing, 7 pm 24 DANK-HAUS, German Cinema, 7:30 pm

28 Uniontown, Board Meeting, 7 pm 11 Milwaukee, Dancing, 6 pm; Singing, 7 pm 29 Milwaukee, Singing, 7 pm 14 Benton Harbor, Concertina, St. Paddy's, 11 am to 9 pm, Kitchen open Noon to 6 pm



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Fragen und noch mehr Fragen: Woher kommt “Senf dazugeben”? Exotische Gewűrze wie Pfeffer und Muskat waren im Mittelalter unerschwinglich. Um Eintöpfe und Fleisch zu verfeinern und Lebensmittel zu konservieren hat man “űberall seinen Senf hinzugetan. Das ist der Ursprung des Ausdrucks fuer sehr geschwätzige Menschen. Woher kommt “Ins Fettnäpfchen treten”? Die Aussage “Ins Fettnäpfchen treten” bedeutet, daβ jemand durch eine Ungeschicklichkeit einen anderen kränkt oder verstimmt. Die uralte Redewendung kommt aus dem Erzgebirge, wo frűher zwischen Tűr und Ofen ein Fettnapf stand, mit dem nasse Stiefel wieder eingefettet wurden. Wehe, man warf sie aus Versehen um . . .






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Fasching, Fastnacht, Karneval - let’s party! In German speaking countries, everyone is preparing to celebrate before Ash Wednesday. For some people they are more familiar with the name Mardi Gras (celebrated in New Orleans), or Carnival (in Rio de Janeiro). But no matter what you call it, its party time that really stretches out from the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour (and 11th minute) until it ends at midnight on Shrove Tuesday. The only break is for Christmas! Originally it was celebrated as a way to prepare for Ash Wednesday, and the fasting required during Lent. Now it is one big party! Köln (Cologne) hosts one of the most famous celebrations, including a parade on Rosenmontag (the Monday before Ash Wednesday). This year, Rosenmontag is on February 16. Do you have a Faschingsfest in your area? It’s a great way to connect with the local German community! While children are often involved in the German Fasching celebrations, many places here limit it to adult fun. So why not start a new tradition to share with others.. families and children, make it a family affair! Fasching means parties with costumes, music, dancing and games. Most German communities host a special Kinder-Faschingsfest usually the weekend before Ash Wednesday,  with fun, games, music, Jelly Donuts (called Fastnachts, Berliner or Krapfen,or the Polish Paczki and a dessert buffet. but you can do this too! We all need a reason to party in the grey days of winter! Here are some helpful hints for a successful gathering: • Encourage everyone to wear a costume,,,( leftover Halloween costumes or a silly hat or wig) it makes for more fun! • Play lively music that adds energy and movement… everyone can join in the ‘Parade’ (Congo line) and weave your way around a room..zigging and zagging. Have the leader use the umbrella to set the tone! • Pick your favorite song for Musical Chairs, instead of chairs use paper plates on the floor and pick some up off the floor after every round. • Try different food games like eating gummy worms or pretzels hanging on string from a broom handle. • Food can be as simple as you like, just be sure to serve the traditional donuts sugared or jelly filled.

So are you ready to dance or just sing along? There are CDs of Fasching music, but Oktoberfest music will work as well. These songs add high energy and movement to any Faschingsfest. In additional to traditional songs, be sure to include the “Ententanz” (Chicken Dance) or das “Fliegerlied” (The Airplane Song)

Wir Tanzen und Singen . . . Das Fliegerlied – the Airplane Song 1. Before you get started, make sure that you have enough space to stand up, stretch out your arms and jump 2. Listen to the song - listen out for the words and phrases in the table below 3. Now listen to the song again. Do the actions to the words while you are listening to the song. If you hear the word(s): Perform this action: ich wink(e) (I wave) wave your hand ich flieg(e) (I fly) stretch out your arms and pretend to fly stark (strong) show your arm muscles groß (tall) raise your arm above your head like a giraffe’s neck ich spring(e) (I jump) jump ich schwimm(e) (I swim) pretend to swim with your arms ich nehm(e) dich bei der Hand (I take you by the hand) take a person next to you by the hand Fliegerlied Lyrics Ich lieg gern im Gras Und schau zum Himmel rauf Schauen die ganzen Wolken Nicht lustig aus? Und fliegt en Flieger vorbei Dann wink ich zu ihm “Hallo Flieger!” Und bist du auch noch dabei Dann bin ich super drauf Und ich flieg, flieg, flieg wie ein Flieger Bin so stark, stark, stark wie ein Tiger Und so groß, groß, groß wie ‘ne Giraffe So hoch oh, oh, oh Und ich spring, spring, spring immer wieder Und ich schwimm, schwimm, schwimm zu dir über Und ich nehm, nehm, nehm dich bei der Hand, Weil ich dich mag Und ich sag Heut ist so ein schöner Tag La-la-la-la-la Heut ist so ein schöner Tag La-la-la-la-la Heut ist so ein schöner Tag




Odds & Ends RUCKI ZUCKI, Rucki Zucki, Rucki Zucki, Rucki Zucki, das ist der neuste Tanz. Rucki Zucki, Rucki Zucki, Rucki Zucki, das ist der neuste Tanz. Das ist die neue Masche, die jeder gleich erkennt, im ganzen Land das Liedchen man Rucki Zucki nennt, wir schütteln uns’re Glieder und dreh’n uns dabei um, das Spielchen ist nicht dumm. Rucki Zucki, Rucki Zucki, Rucki Zucki, das ist der neuste Tanz. Rucki Zucki, Rucki Zucki, Rucki Zucki, das ist der neuste Tanz. Das linke Beinchen vor und wieder zurück, das rechte Beinchen vor, das ist der ganze Trick. Wir tanzen Rucki Zucki und dreh’n uns dabei um, das Spielchen ist nicht dumm. Rucki Zucki, Rucki Zucki, Rucki Zucki, das ist der neuste Tanz. Rucki Zucki, Rucki Zucki, Rucki Zucki, das is der neuste Tanz.

THE “CHICKEN DANCE” (Dance Little Bird) Bob Kames is credited with developing and populariziing the modern day version of the song "Dance Little Bird", which is better known by its more common name, The Chicken Dance. Kames is a membeer of the Wisconsin Area Music Industry Hall of Fame. He owned and operated a chain of music stores called Bob Kames Wonderful World of Music in Milwaukee. His record producer heard the song at a German music fair in 1982 and sent it to Kames, who recorded his version the same week. "This stupid little thing, its infectious", Kames said. "It has only two cords, it doesn't even change for the bridge. It implants the melody in people's minds--it just sticke in there. That's got ta be the secret." Wikepedia and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel .At the start of the music, shape a chicken beak

with your hands. Open and close them four times, during the first four beats of the music. Make chicken wings with your arms. Flap your wings four times, during the next four beats of the music. Make a chicken’s tail feathers with your arms and hands. Wiggle downwards during the next four beats of the music. Clap four times during the next four beats of the music while rising to your feet. Repeat this process four times. At the bridge, hold your arms straight, in imitation of an aeroplane. All dancers spin around the room in “flight” until the bridge ends. (Alternately: At the bridge, link arms with the nearest person, turn right eight steps, switch arms and turn left eight steps, then repeat until the bridge ends) (Alternatively: Assume close position with partner and polka until bridge ends.) The dance repeats, progressively getting faster and faster, until the music stops. SONG LYRICS Do you wanna feel good, wanna laugh and play? (let’s laugh and play) Wanna have some fun, throw your blues away? (your blues away) Are you feelin’ sad? Got a problem? - Here’s the cure (we got the.) Do the chicken dance; make you happy for sure. Reach out your arms and swing your partner. Make like a bird and try to fly. Come on out there you hens and roosters. Just hook your arms now, and don’t be shy. Hey you’re in the swing You’re cluckin’ like a bird. (Pluck, pluck, pluck, pluck.) You’re flappin’ your wings. Don’t you feel absurd. (No, no, no, no.) It’s a chicken dance, like a rooster and a hen. (Ya, ya, ya, ya.) Flappy chicken dance; let’s do it again. Relax and let the music move you. Let all your inhibitions go. Just watch your partner whirl around you. We’re havin’ fun now; I told you so. Continued on page 31




Odds & Ends Continued from page 30 Now you’re flappin’ like a bird and you’re wigglin’ too. (I like that move.) You’re without a care. It’s a dance for you. (Just made for you.) Keep doin’ what you do. Don’t you cop out now. (Don’t cop out now.) Gets better as you dance; Catch your breath somehow. Reach out your arms and swing your partner. Make like a bird and try to fly. Come on out there you hens and roosters. Just hook your arms now, and don’t be shy. Now we’re almost through, really flying high (bye, bye, bye, bye.) All you chickens and birds, time to say goodbye (to say goodbye.) Goin’ back to the nest, but the flyin’ was fun (oh it was fun.)

Chicken dance is the best, but the dance is done!





Dank journal february march 2015