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Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek

Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek: Learn about the German Cultural and Scientific Heritage

This post has first been published on EDUKWEST Europe.

A year ago, the first full version of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek was officially launched. The DDB has been online in an open beta version since late 2012.

The objective of this digital library is to give everybody access to German cultural and scientific heritage free of charge and is part of a bigger European initiative called Europeana.

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Thanksgiving in Germany

Erntedankfest – Thanksgiving in Germany

Thanksgiving – looking at the social media posts around that date, undoubtedly one of the most important, if not the most important holiday in the United States. But what about Thanksgiving in Germany?

Other than Christmas, and Halloween more recently, which have been equally commercialized over the past decades, the Erntedankfest has maintained a rather low profile.

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Tracht: More than just Lederhose and Dirndl

Tracht (f) is the term for traditional costumes in all German-speaking countries. Interestingly, Trachten (pl) are not that old as they only became popular in the 19th century, a period when the idea of Heimat (f)homeland started to play a more important role in society.

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literary periods in germany

Literary Periods in Germany – Deutsche Literaturepochen

literary periods in germanyAs Germany is known for its literary heritage I thought that it would be interesting for you to learn a bit more about our literary history. To start this series let’s give you a quick overview of the literary periods in Germany.

You should take this as a rough timeline and guide as it is virtually impossible to name an exact year as starting point or end of the individual periods, some of them overlap, too.

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Tiefkühl-Torten – the Swiss Army Knife of the German Kaffeetafel

Tiefkühl-TortenYesterday Germany’s Torten-König (king of tarts) Aloys Coppenrath, co-founder of one of the best-known German companies (at least within Germany) died at the age of 79. He and Josef Wiese founded Coppenrath und Wiese back in 1975.

Aloys Coppenrath came from an old Bäckerfamilie (family of bakers), Josef Wiese who already died in 2009 was a Konditor (confectioner). Their idea was the Schockgefrieren (quick-freeze) of freshly made Torten (tarts) and today Coppenrath und Wiese are the Marktführer (market leader) in Europe with over 2000 Angestellte (employees).

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